Pinedo picks up a pair of accolades

GLENDALE — At first, Nancy Pinedo figured making the transition from high school to college softball would be difficult.

After handling the bat with success and posting a perfect fielding percentage, the change turned out to be seamless for the Glendale Community College freshman center fielder.

Her work and contributions caught the attention of those around the Western State Conference's Blue Division and Southern California, too.

"I went in a little scared at the beginning of the season," said Pinedo, who earned a spot on the all-conference first team and garnered California Community College Athletic Assn. All-Southern California accolades after batting .471 with 16 stolen bases. "It's different than high school because it's a lot more serious in college.

"I knew I had to stand out more by working harder and trying to get a scholarship. I found it pretty easy making the shift to college because I had confidence in myself. The recognition is great. I wasn't expecting to get either honor. It's a great honor and it's something different."

Also receiving division recognition were sophomore outfielder Rachael Allen, freshman pitcher/outfielder Brandy Morin and sophomore utility player Brittni Spear. Allen was a second-team selection, while Morin and Spear garnered honorable mention.

Pinedo, who missed 10 games because of a dislocated right shoulder she sustained in the middle of the season, proved to be a valuable sparkplug for the Vaqueros (14-23, 9-9 in the division).

Pinedo hit .471 (41 for 87) overall and batted .500 (30-60) in the division. Thirteen of her 16 stolen bases came in division contests and she scored 19 of her 25 runs in division action.

Glendale college Coach Hawk Wilder said Pinedo made numerous contributions throughout the season for the Vaqueros and will be a key member of the team next season.

"She did everything we wanted her to do," Wilder said. "If we asked her to bunt, she would do it and beat it out.

"She's great at stepping out of the box right away. She would always ask us questions so she could get better."

Allen, a right fielder, provided valuable leadership and a quality bat near the middle of the lineup.

Overall, Allen batted .320 (31-87) and led the team with 25 runs batted in. In conference, she hit .313 (15-48) and drove in 11 runs. Allen collected four triples and five doubles.

"She kept the team in line by bringing her leadership to the team," Wilder said. "You could always count on her with the bat and she's like an outfield coach for us."

Morin, who pitched and played third base, helped the Vaqueros at the plate and in the circle.

She batted .337 (31-92) overall and .500 (22-44) in the division. Seven of her eight runs batted in came within the division and she finished second on the team with eight stolen bases.

As a pitcher, Morin finished 4-5 with a 3.61 earned-run average. However, she went 2-1 with a 2.80 ERA in the division. She struck out 46 in 62 innings overall and 20 in 20 innings in division competition.

"She did well in the field and pitching," Wilder said. "She handled herself well at the plate, too."

Spear, a Burroughs High graduate, provided depth around the infield for Glendale. Spear saw time at first base and third base.

She batted .309 (29-94) overall with four home runs and 15 runs batted in. In the division, Spear hit .354 (17-48) with three home runs and 10 runs batted in.

"She came back and had another good season for us and we could put her in different spots," Wilder said.

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