The future is now

Gilroy
– Missing the playoffs despite playing in the area’s toughest
softball league was a bitter pill to swallow. Receiving postseason
recognition from that same league makes it all go down a little
easier.
Gilroy – Missing the playoffs despite playing in the area’s toughest softball league was a bitter pill to swallow. Receiving postseason recognition from that same league makes it all go down a little easier.

The Gilroy High softball team had three players recognized with all-league honors in the tough Tri-County Athletic League last week. Senior shortstop Kayla Aldridge and junior pitcher Sarah Villar were named to the TCAL first team and sophomore outfielder Dana Schoeneman was named to the second team.

This season, Aldridge, who takes her game to St. Mary’s next year, and Villar established themselves as the leaders of the young GHS squad.

“Other teams know who they are,” said Gilroy coach Julie Berggren, who wrapped up her four-year tenure as head coach at the end of this season.

Next year’s squad will have to fill the void of Aldridge, who made her presence known on the field.

“Kayla will definitely be missed. She had a positive attitude and hustled all the time,” Berggren said.

Aldridge made only three errors all season and led the team in stolen bases with six. She batted .312 and hit a team-leading seven doubles.

As for Villar, Berggren fully expects her to have a breakout year as a senior.

“Definitely,” Berggren said. “She’s going to have opportunity to step up. Villar will be even stronger next year. She’ll be really ready to lead the league.”

The junior finished with a 12-14 record, 146 strikeouts and a 1.05 ERA.

Schoeneman was a bit of a surprise for the ‘Stangs this season. But she performed when Gilroy needed her most.

“At beginning of the season, I didn’t expect her to be the one to come through in clutch situations,” Berggren said. “That’s great for her as a sophomore (to earn all-league). Her bat really came alive.”

Additionally, freshman Brittany Balanesi was named to the TCAL “Pursuing Victory with Honor” team.

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