Five Softball Players Named All-WSC
SAN LUIS OBISPO (May 16, 2018)— Cuesta Softball finished 5th in the Western State Conference and was well represented on the all-conference teams with five players earning all-WSC recognition. The Cougars placed three players on the first two teams, including All State selection Sydney Doherty (Tustin). The Cougars, under their fifth coach over the past five campaigns, finished Coach Jenel Guadagno’s first season at the helm 11-24 overall.
Sophomore Sydney Doherty (Tustin) was the Cougars’ lone representative on the 2018 All Western State Conference First Team and became the first Cougar to earn all-State honors (Second Team) since 2014. Doherty transferred to Cuesta, after spending her freshman year leading perennial powerhouse Santiago Canyon to the CCCAA Regional Quarterfinals, and immediately established herself as the Cougars’ leader on the field. Doherty was a threat to score every time she came to the plate and was clearly the best leadoff hitter in the State. Her .516 batting average was 6th in the State this season and 2nd all time at Cuesta College. She also set a new Cuesta record with 32 stolen bases (5th in State) and her 48 runs scored and 65 hits were both Top 10 in the State, during the regular season, and rank 3rd and 4th all time at Cuesta. Doherty was also named the Cuesta’s Team MVP.
Utility Player Dayna Manser (Fresno) and Third Baseman Haley Antonini (Petaluma) were both named to the 2018 All-Western State Conference Second Team. Manser, who repeated on the second team, has compiled a statistical body of work that places her among Cuesta’s all time great hitters. Her .487 batting average this season trailed teammate Sydney Doherty for the team lead, but also ranks 5th all time in Cuesta History and her career average of .477 ranks 3rd. Manser holds the Cuesta Career Record for runs scored (75) and is also in the Top 5 all time with 68 RBI (2nd), 26 Doubles (3rd), 102 hits (3rd), 10 Home Runs (4th). She also owns the distinction of playing every position in the field over the past two campaigns. Antonini’s season ended early with an elbow injury, but she went out with bang as she parked a walk-off Grand Slam in her final at bat of the season. Antonini batted .407 on the season and, despite missing the last eight games, her 32 RBI were only two behind Manser for the team lead. In the field, Antonini’s work at the “Hot Corner” was key to the Cougars’ success and her 52 assists led the team.
The right-side of the infield earned accolades as all-WSC Honorable Mention picks. Sophomore Taylor Rasmusson (Pine Grove) held down First Base, offering both range and a good glove. She led the team in both total chances and fielding percentage, while also providing major contributions on offense. She was fourth on the team with a .308 batting average and 3rd on the team with 23 runs scored. Second Baseman Farrah Gomes (Oakdale HS) was a mainstay in the middle of the infield for the Cougars and only Rasmusson saw more chance in the field. She hit .215 on the season and was fourth on the team in extra-base hits.
2018 WSC Softball Awards
Sydney Doherty- All-WSC First Team, All State Second Team
Dayna Manser- All-WSC Second Team
Haley Antonini - All-WSC Second Team
Taylor Rasmusson - All-WSC Honorable Mention
Farah Gomes - All-WSC Honorable Mention
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