Providence High softball coach Joel Curtis hasn’t had a track record of nominating players from the program for All-CIF Southern Section consideration.
In his previous eight seasons at the Pioneers’ helm, he never put up a player for the prestigious award.
However, that changed this past season when he nominated senior catcher Christy Hoffman.
The move paid off for the program and Hoffman, as she was honored with a Division VII first-team selection Monday when the CIF released the first-team selections across all seven divisions.
“We have had some good players in years past, but I had never put one of our girls up for All-CIF before this year,” Curtis said. “But Christy had such a great season that I had to nominate her this year.
“I think because of the kind of season she had, she really deserves this. She did a lot for us and she was one of the best players in comparison to the teams that we played. This is a tough award to win, but she put up the numbers.”
Hoffman, a four-year starter, was a steady contributor on offense and defense for Providence during the 2017 campaign.
“She played catcher for us because we needed her behind the plate,” Curtis said. “But she played other places, as well.
“She was just such a good hitter for us and she had over a .700 on-base percentage because she would walk so much and teams would intentionally walk her because of her ability.”
Hoffman was the Pioneers’ most consistent offensive threat, batting .643 with 27 hits and 28 runs scored. On defense, she had a .997 fielding percentage.
Hoffman was also an All-Liberty League selection.
Providence went 8-7 and placed second in the Liberty League behind Archer (7-0 in league).