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Area Flooded with All-League Selections in Baseball/Softball

Jun 14, 2024 01:52PM ● By Steven Bryla, photos by Steven Bryla

Live Oak 2024 infielder Olivia Nanez (6) was the only softball player for the Lady Lions to be named to the All-Sacramento Valley League team.

GRIDLEY, CA (MPG) - The area was represented well as the All-League teams were revealed within the last couple of weeks as 19 local high-school athletes were named to their All-League teams in baseball and softball.

Live Oak - Sacramento Valley League

2024 infielder Olivia Nanez was named to the All-SVL team for the Lady Lions. Nanez led Live Oak with a .474 batting average and most extra-base hits on the team this season with 14. Her range at shortstop and strong arm made a lot of hard plays routine if the ball was hit to her.

2025 infielder/pitcher T.J. Ehrke got the lone spot for the Live Oak baseball team this past season. On the mound, Ehrke tossed a no-hitter against Esparto on March 5. He hit .324 from the plate and led the Lions in hits (22) and runs-batted-in (RBIs) with 23. The seven wins this season for Live Oak was the most in school history since MaxPreps began in 2004.

Biggs - Mid-Valley League

Biggs head coach Michelle Felkins was named coach of the year in the MVL as the Lady Wolverines had another successful season with 35 victories and a share of the MVL title. This was Felkins’ seventh consecutive season above. 500.

2024 infielders Addie Scott, Allie Little, 2024 catcher Kloe Seipert, 2025 infielder Mailey Seipert and 2026 pitcher Gracie Sheppard were named to the All-MVL team.

Scott and Little led the Lady Wolverines in hits (Scott, 51, Little, 41). Little also led the team with 41 RBIs as Scott led the team with a ridiculous .593 batting average for the entire season.

Kloe was tied for the most extra-base hits on the team with 14 on the season, and led the club with three home runs. Mailey was second on the team with 25 stolen bases, and when Biggs went for a steal, they were efficient as they were successful on 121/125 attempts (97%) this year. 

Sheppard was the leader of the young pitching staff as she is the oldest pitcher on the roster. Sheppard was able to pitch efficiently and trust her defense behind her during the season as this Lady Wolverines’ team comes back with a lot of returning players next season.

The Biggs baseball team had four representatives on the All-MVL team as 2024 infielder/pitcher Zach Smith, 2024 infielder Emiliano Bermudez, 2024 outfielder Tim Felkins and 2025 pitcher/outfielder Davis Long were named.

Davis Long All-Mid Valley League team

 2025 pitcher/outfielder Davis Long (8) was named to the All-Mid Valley League team.

Zach Smith

 2024 pitcher/infielder Zach Smith (2) was named to the All-Mid Valley League team.

The four representatives were the top four in batting average for the team as Smith narrowly edged out Long by .3 points with a .476 average. 

18 of Long’s 35 hits this season were extra-base hits, Bermudez was second on the team with 27 stolen bases as the Wolverines had the most wins in program history since the 2010 season.

Biggs Emiliano Bermudez

 Biggs 2024 infielder Emiliano Bermudez (3) was named to the All-Mid Valley League team.

Gridley - Butte View League 

The Gridley softball team had three names on the All-BVL team this season.

Lady Bulldogs senior shortstop Alyssa Thompson led the team in hits (26), RBIs (24) and was the true leader on the field for Gridley. The hard work the three-sport star displayed will move on to Butte College this fall.

Alyssa Thompson

 Gridley’s 2024 shortstop Alyssa Thompson (5) was named to the All-Butte View League team.

2025 pitcher Reese Stevens improved her pitching statistics this year as she gave up 11 less hits in almost five more innings of work this season. Stevens had 23 hits this season, which more than doubled her hits total last season as the comfortability factor at the plate also bumped her batting average by .38 points from last year.

Reese Stevens

 2025 pitcher Reese Stevens (2) was named to the All-Butte View League team.

2027 utility Kay Pruitt is going to have a bright future at Gridley in the softball program as she led the team with a .407 batting average and led the Lady Bulldogs with 14 extra-base hits. From the circle, Pruitt led Gridley in innings pitched (47) and ERA (3.58).

The Gridley baseball team had five players named to the All-BVL team as the back-to-back CIF Northern Section Division III Champions had a lot to celebrate this season.

2024 catcher Bryar McWilliams had the third best batting average on the team with a .321 average and a tie for the team lead with 26 hits. McWilliams was the leader of this team on/off the field and was a major reason the program has been successful for the last three seasons.

Bryar McWilliams

 2024 catcher Bryar McWilliams (9) was named to the All-Butte View League team.

2024 infielder/pitcher Emmet Smallwood was the leader of the pitching staff as he tossed 49 innings this year and had 73 strikeouts. Smallwood’s toughness and reliability made that efficient Gridley pitching staff run through their opponents. He led the team with a 1.29 ERA.

2026 utility Eli Punzo made the list on his first season at the varsity level as he was a great asset on the diamond wherever he was placed. Punzo led the Bulldogs with 12 stolen bases and hit great by having 24 hits this season. His range in the outfield gives Gridley the ability to have stability for a couple more seasons.

2026 pitcher/first baseman Tanner Abbott continued his varsity experience for a second consecutive season with another section championship. Abbott had another great year at the plate as he hit .325 from 25 hits. Although his pitching numbers weren’t as strong as his freshman season, the Herald was aware of injuries and knows Abbott is continuously working his way back to 100%.

Tanner Abbott

 2026 pitcher/first baseman Tanner Abbott (5) was named to the All-Butte View League team.

2025 pitcher/infielder Garrett Francis was named the Most Valuable Player of the BVL after a breakout junior season. Francis led the Bulldogs in batting average (.338), hits (26), extra-base hits (7) and was second with 11 stolen bases. Francis was the only area player named to the All-Northern Section team that was announced by the Chico-ER on Saturday, June 8. From the mound, Francis was solid as he tossed three complete games this year and his versatility can only excite the Bulldogs for his senior season next year. 

Gridley Garrett Francis

Gridley’s 2025 pitcher/infielder Garrett Francis (7) was named to the All-Butte View League team. He was also named the BVL Most Valuable Player.