Softball - Maritza Rojas PCAC Athlete of the Week

Softball - Maritza Rojas PCAC Athlete of the Week


  IVC’s Rojas, Palomar’s Thomas share AOTW award



Maritza Rojas, who has led Imperial Valley College to its best softball start in history, and Palomar swimmer Emma Thomas are the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women’s Athletes of the Week for Feb. 6-12.

Rojas, a freshman pitcher/utility player from Imperial High School, has been the biggest factor in the Arabs’ 8-2 start. She’s batting .645 through IVC’s first 10 games with a 1.065 slugging percentage while going 5-1 as their ace pitcher. Rojas has a 1.77 ERA, striking out 44 batters in 35 2/3 innings while walking only 3.

At the plate during the week, Rojas went 2-for-3 in a 13-2 win over Victor Valley, 3-for-4 in an 8-4 win over the Rams and, in the Mt. San Jacinto tournament, going 1-for-4 in a 9-2 victory over the Rams, 1-for-2 in a 3-2 win over Hancock, 4-for-5 in a 5-4 loss to East Los Angeles and 4-for-4 as the Arabs finished the tournament with a 10-7 win vs. San Diego City College.

That completed a 17-for-22 week for Rojas.

Thomas, a freshman from Ramstein American High School which is located on Ramstein Air Base in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany, won the pentathlon on day 1 of the two-day Waterman Festival hosted by the Comets. Thomas defeated an 80-woman field in placing first.

On the second day of the meet, she swam on four winning relay teams and also won the 100-yard butterfly in 1:00.5. Thomas led the Comets to the team championship in the meet with 602 points compared to 429 points for second-place Cerritos, 346 for third-place San Diego Mesa and 208 points for the fourth-place team, Chaffey.

Honorable mention went to Grossmont basketball player Kyra Bruesewitz, Southwestern softball player Yasmine Jameson-McDole Mesa softball player Kristyn Whitley and Mt. San Jacinto softball player Kerry Hernandez.

Bruesewitz, a 5-foot-6 freshman guard from Damante Ranch High School in Reno, had another big game with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals as the Griffins, the first-place team in the PCAC Southern Division, defeated College of the Desert in a cross-division game 76-60.

Jameson, Southwestern’s sophomore pitcher/shortstop, struck out 17 batters while walking 0 during the week. She took a perfect game into the final inning before finishing with a 1-hitter in a 7-0 victory over Riverside City College. Jameson came back to pitch 5 innings of 4-hit ball, striking out 4, but took the loss in a 5-1 game against Fullerton.

Whitley, a sophomore shortstop from Madison High School and a transfer from Vanguard University who bats lead-off for Mesa, went 8-for-10 for the week as the Olympians split with Rio Hondo, winning 5-2 and losing 11-7, then dropped a 10-8 decision to Fullerton. In the first game of the Rio Hondo doubleheader, Whitley went 3-for-3 with a home run, double, walk and 2 RBIs. In game 2 she was 4-for-5 with another homer, a double and an RBI. She went 1-for-2 in the Fullerton game with a sacrifice fly, a walk and 2 RBIs. She scored 7 runs in the three games.

Hernandez, a sophomore first baseman from West Valley High School in Hemet, went 8-for-13 with 2 doubles, 4 RBIs and a stolen base as the Eagles hosted their own tournament. Mt. San Jac defeated Victor Valley 4-2, lost to Chaffey 8-7, lost to Saddleback 9-3, defeated College of the Desert 16-1 and lost to Antelope Valley 6-5.