(Above, Braelyn Horn, left, was named first-team all-TRAC and Gabby Zuniga, right, was a second-team honoree.)
FREMONT – After posting their best record in half a decade, the Ross softball Lady Giants are getting their recognition from the coaches of the Three Rivers Athletic Conference.
Five players earned all-league honors for their efforts in leading Ross to a 10-16 overall record.
Leading the way for the Lady Giants was third baseman Braelyn Horn, who, despite missing nine games with a knee injury, was named first-team all-conference.
Horn led Ross in batting, with a .471 average, as well as an even .500 on-base percentage. She hit four doubles, a triple, a home run and 18 RBIs, tied for second-most on the team, in just 15 games played.
Senior shortstop Gabby Zuniga was named second team all-TRAC. She was one of the Lady Giants’ biggest offensive catalysts. She led Ross with 27 RBIs, three home runs, and five triples, leading the team in all categories, tied for the most doubles (seven) and second in runs scored (23).
A trio of Lady Giants earned honorable mentions.
Senior catcher Hailey Taylor was a strong presence at the plate – hitting .362 with 17 RBIs and tying for the team lead in doubles, seven – but she was even better behind it. She had a tremendous .919 fielding percentage, committing only eight errors and just nine passed balls in 26 games played.
Senior Claire Ochs had a terrific year in her first season as a full-time varsity player. She batted .316 with 10 RBIs and 19 runs scored, but her biggest impact may have been in left field. Ochs had an .884 field percentage and frequently made run-saving – sometimes game-changing – plays with her glove.
Junior Kayla Rich was also recognized. As the Lady Giants’ lead-off hitter, Rich finished second on the team in on-base percentage, .471, to go along with a .384 batting average. She plated a team-high 26 runs while also hitting seven doubles (matching Zuniga and Taylor for the team lead), along with three triples and a home run and 16 RBIs.
Both Horn and Rich were previously recognized for their seasons as they were named honorable mentions by the Northwest District.