Kathy Ponce

School: Ocean View

Sport: Softball

Position: Pitcher/outfielder

Class: Sophomore


Ponce, a hard-throwing right-hander, is in the midst of a tantalizing streak: she hasn’t allowed a runner to reach base in 15 1/3 perfect innings. Tuesday, Ponce pitched a perfect game, striking out seven, in the Seahawks’ 3-0 victory against Westminster. Saturday, she pitched four perfect innings in the first game of a doubleheader with Katella, finishing the second with three unmarred innings. Ocean View won 5-0 and 7-2 and Ponce (5-0) had 13 strikeouts to raise her season total to 51. For the week, she also had three hits and four runs batted in, raising her batting average to .384. In 45 innings this season, she has allowed five hits and two earned runs. “She’s come a long way,” Ocean View Coach Doug Myers said. “Last year, she was a very good freshman pitcher. She’s matured a lot. She has good movement on all of her pitches and the greatest thing about her is she has a great work ethic.”

Other top performers:

Lisa D’acquisto, who had seven hits in 10 at bats, stole eight bases and scored six runs in Ocean View’s three softball victories. She raised her batting average to .594.

Danielle Ortega, who had shutout victories for La Habra over Foothill and Mater Dei. She had 14 strikeouts in a four-hit, 2-0 win over Foothill and 10 strikeouts in a six-hit, 1-0 win over Mater Dei.

Kim Nelson, who won the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 and ran a leg on the winning 1,600-relay team, helping Canyon defeat Santa Ana Valley in track and field.

Marie Philman, who won the shot put, discus, high jump and 100 hurdles in Edison’s dual-meet track and field victory over Fountain Valley.