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Thunderstruck: Buhach Colony tandem earn top CCC honors after championship

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG
Buhach's pitcher (8) Alex Molina delivers a pitch to Merced's (25) Lindsi Cosyns in the bottom of the second inning, May, 5, 2009 afternoon.
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG Buhach's pitcher (8) Alex Molina delivers a pitch to Merced's (25) Lindsi Cosyns in the bottom of the second inning, May, 5, 2009 afternoon. Merced Sun-Star

Bobby Dallas is happy he didn't have to make the choice.

The Buhach Colony softball coach would have a hard time picking a most valuable player from his team.

Do you pick your stud hitter, Morgana Dallas, who hit .615 and collected 17 RBIs during conference play?

Or your ace pitcher, Alex Molina, who went 12-0 with a 0.35 ERA?

"If it came down to it and I had to pick one, I would pick two," Dallas said.

The Central California Conference coaches rewarded both Morgana and Molina.

Morgana was named the Most Valuable Player and Molina was awarded the Most Valuable Pitcher along with Turlock's Morgan Riddick.

"One was just as dominant as the other one in her phase of the game," Bobby Dallas said. "I'm glad there are two separate awards."

Morgana, who will play softball at Santa Clara next year, also scored 10 runs and hit two homers to help lead Buhach Colony to its third straight CCC title.

"She swung the bat very well," Merced coach Bart McAfee said. "Hopefully she'll succeed at the next level. I think she will.

"She swung the bat as well as anyone in the league. She worked hard at it and it made a difference."

Molina tossed two no-hitters and eight shutouts in her 12 conference starts.

Buhach Colony's Kayleena Flores and Cassie Kalapsa also earned first-team honors.

They were joined on the first team by Los Banos' Taylor Mendez and Kelsie Monroe and the Golden Valley duo of Krista Copus and Ali Hague.

Pitchers Olivia Sugiura (Atwater) and Taylor Gross (Merced) also were named to the first team.

Buhach Colony also landed two players on the second team in Victoria Castillo and Daisy Ledesma.

Los Banos' Kiley Mendez, GV's Tori Johnson, Atwater's Ashlee Penrod and Merced's Ashley Heath-Smith were also named to the second team.

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