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a defining and dominant season

Grant Gordon

All-Area Coach of the Year Anne Konrad recalls a 26-inning,

43-strikeout performance as the defining moment of her ace’s season.

Jenna Schachtner, herself, fast forwards to the postseason and a

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no-out, bases-loaded situation that had history riding on it.

During the 2005 softball season that was Schachtner’s tour de

force, highlights were happenstance and dominance was a daily

occurrence.

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Batters were baffled and overpowered every game, Flintridge Prep

rode her success all the way to a CIF final and the sports writers of

the Glendale News-Press, Foothill Leader and Burbank Leader voted her

the 2005 All-Area Softball Player of the Year.

“Definitely this year, Jenna carried the team and everyone rallied

around her and played up to her level,” says Konrad of Schachtner,

who was the Prep League Pitcher of the Year, a first-team All-CIF

Southern Section Division V selection, a Cal-Hi All-State Small

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School first-teamer and led her team to the best finish in school

history.

Schachtner concluded her fourth year with the Rebels’ varsity

squad and as a junior was also an All-CIF selection.

Still, nobody could have fathomed the dominance orchestrated by

her this past season, nor the team success that it translated to.

Game in and game out, Schachtner was at her best this past year --

and her best was far too much for most teams to handle.

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On just three occasions -- twice against Prep League champion

Pasadena Poly and once against Division V champion Pomona Catholic --

in 20 games did the opposition plate multiple runs against

Schachtner.

In all, she tallied 13 shutouts -- four in the postseason that saw

the better part of an awe-inspiring scoreless streak of 62 1/3

innings -- during a year that was overflowing with gaudy numbers and

mesmerizing feats.

Fifteen wins against five losses provided not only a stellar

record at season’s end, but the road map to a statistical wonderland

that saw her lead the area with 323 strikeouts to go along with a

microscopic 0.31 ERA.

She averaged more than 14 strikeouts per seven innings, including

30 Mayfield and 43 against host Westridge.

Her strikeout total was the sixth highest in state high school

history, while placing her fourth in CIF Southern Section chronicle.

Just as impressive was the fact that the game was started on a

Monday, ended on a Wednesday and sandwiched a shutout victory against

Chadwick in between.

“Having to play two days, maintaining that intensity,” Konrad

recalls.

“That game really set her apart from the rest.”

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM

Audrey Andrade * Glendale * Senior * Infielder

Pacific League co-MVP led the area with a .672 batting average

Danielle Austin * Providence * Junior * Catcher

Consistent force batted .475 and had .794 slugging percentage

Amy Bishop * Glendale * Freshman * Utility

Batted .455 with 20 RBIs to earn first-team all-league accolades

Heather Brusokas * Glendale * Junior * Infielder

Batted .652 and led area with nine home runs, 39 RBIs and 42 hits

Caitlyn Cox * Crescenta Valley* Freshman * Outfielder

Batted .407 and drove in 19 runs, despite not starting season on

varsity

Emily Hanson * Crescenta Valley * Junior * Infielder

All-CIF selection led Falcons with .494 batting average and 43

hits

Kerry Hodgins * Burroughs * Freshman * Infielder

Newcomer hit .359 and scored 20 runs to earn first-team all-league

nod

Meghann Muirhead * Flintridge Sacred Heart * Senior * Pitcher

All-Mission League first-team selection had a 1.40 ERA

Lauren Strangis * Crescenta Valley * Senior * Pitcher

Had 18-6 record, 1.49 ERA to earn first-team all-league selection

Lauren Suedkamp * Providence * Junior * Outfielder

All-CIF Division VII honoree led team with .493 batting average

Sydney Vermillion * Crescenta Valley * Junior * Outfielder

Speedster hit .419 to earn first-team All-Pacific League nod

Kimmie White * Burroughs * Junior * Utility

All-Foothill League first-teamer scored 26 runs and hit .385

ALL-AREA SECOND TEAM

Jillian Schafer * Burbank * Junior * Pitcher

All-Foothill League second-teamer had a 2.13 ERA with 142 Ks

Sarah Biggs * Providence * Soph. * Pitcher

All-CIF Southern Section Division VII first-teamer went 12-4

Lainey DePompa * CV * Freshman * Catcher

Consistent force at the plate hit .366 for the Falcons

Liz Roche * Providence * Senior * Infielder

All-Liberty League pick hit .452 with 17 runs scored, 13 RBIs

Andi Diaz * Burbank * Senior * Infielder

Was Burbank’s most potent hitter, batting .388 with 11 RBIs

Jessica Pejsar * Hoover * Senior * Infielder

Hit .367 en route to an All-Pacific League first-team accolade

Rachel Gray * Flint. Prep * Senior * Infielder

All-CIF Division V first-team honoree played solid defense

Ashleigh Viers-Gordillo * CV * Fr. * Outfielder

Produced 14 RBIs and 16 runs and batted .360

Catie Rohrig * Hoover * Senior * Outfielder

Tornado all-league first-team player batted .404

Kjirsten Speer * Flint. Prep * Senior * Outfielder

Paced Division V runner-up Rebels with a .333 batting average

Ashley Messenger * La Canada * Senior * Utility

Earned Spartans’ lone All-Rio Hondo League first-team nod

Sara Budrick * Burroughs * Junior * Utility

All-Foothill League second-teamer had a 6-5 pitching record

Anne Konrad * Flintridge Prep Coach of the Year

Guided Rebels to Division V runner-up honors, best season in

program history


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