Junior pitcher Ellie Magnuson has been named Most Valuable Player in the Coast Valley League for the 2015 season. Magnuson hit .519, drove in 22 runs and was 9-7 on the mound with a 2.81 ERA. She tossed six shutouts and struck out 92 batters in 84 2/3 innings.
Other Lady Broncos honored by the league were first-team All-CVL selections Patty Bucio, a senior, and freshman Ani Corbet; second-team choices Maddie May and Ashley Martinez, both juniors, and senior Remy Corbet; and honorable mention selection Janelle Bohey, a junior.
The Coast Union coaches named Magnuson as their MVP for 2015; Bucio was named Best Offensive Player; Ani Corbet received the Coach’s Award; and May was given the Kim Kinney Award, named after the former inspirational Coast Union volleyball and softball player who died in an auto accident in 1999.
The Lady Broncos ended their season with a 7-6 loss to Santa Clara in nine innings in the second round of the CIF Division 7 playoffs May 26.
Following its highly successful (9-0) Coast Valley League season and an 8-1 first-round victory over Santa Clarita Christian, Coast Union faced a tougher opponent in the Santa Clara Saints from Oxnard.
The Lady Broncos jumped out in front, scoring three runs in the first inning, but the Saints came right back with three runs in the bottom of the first off freshman pitcher Ani Corbet. The Saints picked up another run in the bottom of the second inning to lead 4-3.
Coach Rocky Fordyce put in junior pitcher Magnuson in the third inning, and she held off the Saints until they picked up two runs in the fifth to lead Coast 6-3.
In the seventh, the Lady Broncos scored three runs to tie the game at 6-6. But Coast Union was eliminated after giving up a run in the bottom of the ninth.
Coast Union outhit the Saints 15-11 but the Lady Broncos left 12 runners on base. But several players had outstanding games for Coast, including Bohey (two singles, a double and RBI); Ani Corbet (three singles); Bucio (two singles, an RBI and two stolen bases); Magnuson (two doubles, two RBI); and May (double, single and an RBI).
On defense, Alyssa Drew made two difficult catches in right field, and Ani Corbet turned a double play.
“We really wanted that game,” May said a few days after the game. “We wanted it for our seniors, Patty and Remy. We came close though.”
The team is losing two talented players — Remy Corbet and Bucio — to graduation, but Coast has a quality crop of experienced juniors (Magnuson, Reagan Kniffen, Martinez, May, Bohey) and two experienced freshmen (Corbet, and Drew) coming back for 2016.