ATHERTON, Calif. – The regular season is over for RV Menlo College Softball after setting a program record with 31 wins and on the horizon is the Golden State Athletic Conference playoffs. Menlo will begin their quest for a title shortly, but in the meantime, some hardware has been awarded in the conference. The GSAC has just announced its 2017 All-GSAC team, and the Oaks have four individuals making appearances on the team. Bryce Etzler, Victoria Cervantes, Lauren Harrison, and Sarah Reyes have been given All-GSAC honors, giving Menlo the second most individuals on the team.
Bryce Etzler has put up a stellar season in a return to the diamond following an injury-riddled 2016 campaign. Her ALL-GSAC honors at first base make her one of five infielders in the conference to be given the nomination. She leads all Menlo hitters with a .411 batting average, with one home run and 17 runs batted in. Her 13 doubles rank fifth best in the conference, and her conference batting average of .431 is tied for the best mark in the GSAC. She has made just three errors this season at first base, posting a 0.986 fielding percentage. Her presence in the third spot in the lineup has helped Menlo record the second best batting average as a team in the conference.
Victoria Cervantes has been nothing short of dominant in her freshman season, and she has capped it off by earning one of four at-large bids on the All-GSAC Team. Cervantes has a 14-7 record in 27 games (21 starts), with nine complete games and two shutouts, both coming in the final four weeks of the season. She has tossed 123.2 innings with 62 strikeouts and opponents are hitting .270 against her. Her 1.81 earned run average was the sixth best in a single season in Menlo College history and ranked fourth best in the conference. The team's earned run average of 2.59 is the best mark in the past decade, thanks in large part to Cervantes.
Lauren Harrison grew up playing with Cervantes in Escondido, and she joins her freshman teammate with an at-large bid on the All-GSAC Team. Harrison solidified the leadoff position for the Oaks this season, hitting .388 with 15 runs batted in. She also recorded five doubles, three triples, and lead the Oaks with 14 stolen bases. She made appearances in every conference game this season for the Oaks, and hit .391 in those conference games, and failed to make an error in a GSAC game.
Sarah Reyes rounds out the list of Oaks who received at-large bids on the All-GSAC Team, and she became arguably one of the best two-way players in the league. Her offensive numbers jump off the page, hitting .362 with seven home runs and 36 runs batted in, the best run-producing numbers on the team. Equally as impressive were the numbers against conference opponents: three homers with 26 RBIs, eight more RBIs than any other player in conference play. In the circle, Reyes tossed 84 innings en route to a 6-4 record with a 3.58 earned run average.
The team was voted on by the GSAC coaches and the top players in their respective positions made the All-Conference team. Vanguard, the conference's regular season championship, led the way with six All-GSAC players on the team. This earned Beth Renkoski, head coach of the Lions, Coach of the Year honors in the conference. Vanguard went 42-12 (17-7) and finished the regular season ranked 14th in the nation. Ale Guillen was named the Player of the Year in the GSAC after hitting .424 with 15 doubles, one homer, and 27 runs batted in. Ace pitcher for William Jessup, Shelbi Graifman, was named Pitcher of the Year after going 12-8 with 17 complete games and a 2.15 earned run average. She also led the conference with 122 strikeouts.
The playoffs begin in Costa Mesa (hosted by Vanguard) on May 2nd, and the Oaks have the second game that morning. Menlo takes on William Jessup at 11:30 AM. The winner of that game will face either Vanguard, San Diego Christian, or Hope International, based on day one outcomes. The loser will have to play the same day against the loser of the San Diego Christian and Hope International game.