Catherine Horner (La Canada High, 2012) Tulsa softball sophomore: Tulsa turned in a banner season and Horner played a vital role in it.
Conference USA picks were released.
Horner and the Golden Hurricane’s campaign concluded on May 18 with a 3-1 loss against Baylor in the winner-take-all game of the NCAA Waco Regional. Horner drove in her team’s only run.
Tulsa finished with a 53-9 record, accumulating the most wins in program history, while winning the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. It advanced to the NCAA postseason for a fourth straight year, reaching the final game of the regional for just the second time and setting school single-season records for batting average, runs, hits and slugging among other offensive bests for the program.
Horner hit .324 (47 for 145) with 34 runs batted in, 21 runs, seven home runs, nine doubles, 20 walks and a .401 on-base percentage.
Mark Saatzer (St. Francis High, 2010) Chapman baseball senior: In a season rife with big offensive numbers, Saatzer has gotten his due with recent accolades.
On May 2, Saatzer was named to the Academic All-District VIII baseball team. Six days later, the All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference team was unveiled and the St. Francis alumnus notched first-team honors. And, most recently, on May 20, Saatzer was named to the D3Baseballl.com All-West Region team.
It was the culmination to a stellar season for Saatzer, who was fourth in conference with a .400 batting average (64 for 160). Saatzer, who was All-SCIAC for the second season in a row, had an 18-game hitting streak at one point in the season and hit safely in 35 of 43 games, with 44 runs, 36 runs batted in, six home runs, three triples, 27 walks and .495 on-base percentage.
The all-district honor, as voted on by the College Sports Information Directors of America, is eligible to students who have a notable standing on the field of play and maintain no less than a 3.3 grade-point average. District VIII includes all Division III schools throughout the Western United States.
Chapman’s season and Saatzer’s career wrapped up on May 4 with a 7-2 loss to Cal Lutheran in the SCIAC tournament. It was the second loss in three tournament games for Chapman against Cal Lu.
In the tournament, Saatzer went two for 10 with four runs and five walks.
Chapman finished its season 30-13, but did not receive an at-large berth into the NCAA Division III playoffs.
PJ DeZotell (St. Francis High, 2013) Pasadena City College baseball freshman: DeZotell was a bright spot for a struggling Lancers squad this past season.
The outfielder led the Lancers in a multitude of offensive categories and was rewarded with an All-South Coast Conference honorable mention.
PCC went 4-31 and 1-20 in conference. PCC’s lone conference victory came with a March 22 win over Long Beach, 9-5. DeZotell had three hits, a run, a RBI and three stolen bases.
DeZotell led the Lancers with 18 RBI, six doubles, 38 hits, six stolen bases, a .290 average and .366 slugging percentage.
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