What do all four of the 2016 Humboldt-Del Norte League’s baseball and softball MVPs have in common?
They all were part of league title-winning teams.
And now they get a little bit of individual recognition on top of having very good seasons.
In a vote of league coaches, Arcata senior pitcher and shortstop Wyatt Tucker and South Fork sophomore pitcher and second baseman Scott Coffelt captured the Big 5 and Little 4 baseball MVP awards, respectively. On the softball side, Fortuna ace right-hander Hailey Dolcini won her third straight Big 5 MVP, while St. Bernard’s second baseman Erika Silvers won the honors in the Little 4.
Just like a season ago, the majority of the MVPs are pitchers, placing no doubt in regard to what rules in the H-DN once again.
Tucker was the leading force both offensively and on the mound for an Arcata team that captured the North Coast Section Division 4 title earlier this month, the program’s first-ever section championship. Tucker got the win in two of the Tigers’ three postseason games, throwing complete games in both of those outings.
His final high school outing was in the 6-1 title-clinching win over Justin-Siena at the Arcata Ball Park. In a complete-game effort, Tucker struck out nine and allowed just three hits while giving up one unearned run.
Joining Tucker on the all-league list are four of his teammates — Austin Kadle, Justin Furtado, Adam Kirk and Geronimo Zuniga.
Last season’s Big 5 MVP, Eureka pitcher Luis Pimentel, is joined on the list by a pair of his Logger teammates, Aiden Morris and Hunter Stapp.
Trevor Garrison and Tyler Pelascini are McKinleyville’s pair of all-league honorees, while Fortuna’s Kokko Figueiredo and Del Norte’s Cole Harper round out the all-league selections in the Big 5.
Coffelt led South Fork to its first Little 4 title in two decades, guiding the young Cubs both on the mound and in the batter’s box.
In 16 appearances (14 starts), the Cubs’ sophomore ace went 8-5 with a 2.51 ERA and struck out 64 in 69 2/3 innings. He recorded six complete games, while also picking up a save in one of South Fork’s two wins against St. Bernard’s down in Miranda.
Coffelt also hit .453 — the second-highest batting average on the team — with a home run, nine doubles and drove in 28 runs.
South Fork’s representation doesn’t end with Coffelt, as Kayden Blair, Donovan Pogue C.J. Van Meter and Cody Wyatt also earned all-league recognition.
Rounding out the Little 4 baseball all-league picks are: Kaden Law, Colton Stokesberry and Garrison Finck of St. Bernard’s; Ferndale’s Grant Van Emmerik and Tristen Waters and Gary Juan of Hoopa Valley.
The UC Riverside-bound Dolcini only continued her impressive high school career in 2016. Her exploits include another season where her ERA was video-game like at 0.98, while throwing three no-hitters in the month of May.
Dolcini, who struck out 273 batters in 164 2/3 innings, tossed 20 complete games and eight shutouts. She also hit a team-best .452 with three home runs, 23 RBIs and scored 35 runs for the league-champion Huskies.
Joining Dolcini is her batterymate Jenna Christensen — who hit a team-high six home runs — as well as Victoria Meyer, Karlie Murray and Taylor Murray.
Rounding out the Big 5 softball all-league selections are: Del Norte’s Payten Healy, Tvshiina Jacobs and Regin Loftin; Madison Acres and Jaycee Morais of McKinleyville; Arcata’s Brittany McCarty and Kaylie McCracken and Kayla Stearns of Eureka.
A steady presence in the middle of the Crusaders’ infield, Silvers, much like in basketball, was one of the few seniors on a St. Bernard’s team that won the league title for a second straight season.
Joining her on the all-league list are teammates Rachel Barnett, Ally Del Grande, Emily Denny and Makenna Schoenhofer.
Also named all-league performers are: Ferndale’s Bailey Collings, Kendra Miranda and Taylor Watkins; Hallee Colegrove and Taylor McCovey from Hoopa Valley and South Fork’s Emma Valk.
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