Prolific pitching earns Hollowell top state honor

When you don't hit, you better put up some incredible numbers as a pitcher to beat out those who do both. Fairfield High's Alicia Hollowell did just that, so she's been named the 2002 Cal-Hi Sports Ms. Softball State Player of the Year.

Hollowell also could have been picked for the previous two seasons, but was edged by Jaime Southern of Clovis and Marissa Marzan of Fresno Bullard. This year, the cumulative effect of those two seasons plus her freshman season and her senior season proved to be enough.

It's also not as if Hollowell is being honored simply for season and career high school statistics. She was widely regarded as the top college pitching prospect nationally last summer and in the fall signed a letter of intent with national power Arizona.

Despite being surrounded by a team at Fairfield that was not a talented as the previous three, Hollowell finished the 2002 season with a 29-9 record in the circle. She struck out a state-best 559 batters (compared to just 19 walks), had a 0.13 ERA and totaled three perfect games, 11 no-hitters and eight one-hitters. Seven of her nine losses came by 1-0 scores and one of her no-hitters was a 1-0 loss.

In the national record book, Hollowell will go down with five new all-time bests: most strikeouts in a game (61, vs. Woodland last year); most strikeouts in a season (641, in 2000); consecutive strikeouts (32, over three games in 2000-01); career strikeouts (2,328); and career shutouts (111). The previous career strikeout total was 1,999 by LaTonya Coats of Bangor, Mich., a mark Hollowell took care of early in her senior season.

In the state record book, which is produced by Cal-Hi Sports, Hollowell will go down with 10 new state records. In addition to those above, she also had most pitching wins in a season (35, twice); most shutouts in a season (30, in 2000); most wins in a career (131) and most no-hitters (43). She also had 14 career perfect games and a career ERA of 0.08. And guess how many she walked compared to all those that whiffed? Try just 51.

Other Cal-Hi Sports State Softball Players of the Year follow:

Medium Schools: Andrea Duran (Selma)

Her three hits in a CIF Central Section playoff game gave her 202 for her career and a new section record. Duran also hit .589 for the season with a section record 63 hits. She's headed to national power UCLA on a full-ride softball scholarship and also maintained a 4.0 GPA.

Small Schools: Erin Sigala (Notre Dame, Salinas)

Led Notre Dame to its fifth straight Central Coast Section Div. III title with a 22-2 pitching record. Sigala also had a 0.05 ERA and tossed 10 no-hitters. She's headed to UNLV and hopes to help build that program to national prominence.

Juniors: Lisa Dodd (Mira Mesa, San Diego)

The player of the year by the San Diego Union-Tribune already has 162 career hits and finished with a batting average of .468. Dodd led Mira Mesa to a 35-1 record and its second straight San Diego Section Div. II title. She also had a 17-1 pitching mark with a 0.10 ERA, four no-hitters and four one-hitters.

Sophomores: Jennifer Reynolds (Clovis)

Jennifer fits in nicely behind other aces from her school like Jaime Southern and Amanda Scott. She led the Cougars to a 37-3 record, which included an in-season 35-game win streak. Reynolds had 31-2 record herself with 25 hutouts, 248 strikeouts and a 0.41 ERA. She walked just 12.

Freshmen: Katie Cotta (Brookside Christian, Stockton)

Excellent combo pitcher-hitter was key reason Brookside Christian went 32-1 and finished high among the state and national ratings. Cotta the pitcher split time with senior Carly Harmon and went 13-1 with a 0.07 ERA. She also was second on the team in RBI, two of which came on a two-run homer that gave Brookside Christian a 2-0 win over previously unbeaten Vanden in the Sac-Joaquin Section Div. III final.

CAL-HI SPORTS MS. SOFTBALL

STATE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR

(All-time list; picked retroactively based on research prior to 1981-82)

2002 -- Alicia Hollowell (Fairfield)

2001 -- Marissa Marzan (Bullard, Fresno)

2000 -- Jaime Southern (Clovis)

1999 -- Andrea Vidlund (Casa Roble, Orangevale)

1998 -- Amanda Freed (Pacifica, Garden Grove)

1997 -- Amanda Freed (Pacifica, Garden Grove)

1996 -- Amanda Scott (Clovis)

1995 -- Courney Dale (Bullard, Fresno)

1994 -- Sara Griffin (Simi Valley)

1993 -- Sara Griffin (Simi Valley)

1992 -- Leah O'Brien (Don Lugo, Chino)

1991 -- Jennifer Brundage (Irvine)

1990 -- Karen Jackson (Roseville)

1989 -- Lisa Fernandez (St. Joseph, Lakewood)

1988 -- Michele Granger (Valencia, Placentia)

1987 -- Michele Granger (Valencia, Placentia)

1986 -- Michele Granger (Valencia, Placentia)

1985 -- Jackie Oakley (Ocean View, Huntington Beach)

1984 -- Samantha Ford (Hart, Newhall)

1983 -- Shawn Andaya (Lodi)

1982 -- Kandy Foust (Righetti, Santa Maria)

1981 -- Tracy Compton (Righetti, Santa Maria)

1980 -- Tracy Compton (Righetti, Santa Maria)

1979 -- Mary Lou Ramm (Hilltop, Chula Vista)

1978 -- Teri Young (El Segundo)

1977 -- Karen Andrews (Patrick Henry, San Diego)

1976 -- Jan Jeffers (Lompoc)

1975 -- Barbara Reinalda (Valley Christian, Cerritos)

1974 -- Barbara Reinalda (Valley Christian, Cerritos)


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