Lady Broncos Ellie Magnuson, Patty Bucio and Ashley Martinez were honored by The Tribune this week.
Magnuson earned second-team All-County softball honors, while Bucio and Martinez received honorable mentions for their play
Bucio, a senior, who played third base earned a reputation as a solid hitter, base-stealer and a gritty defensive player who, with her speed and savvy, could turn a single into a triple, according to Coast Union softball coach Rocky Fordyce.
“Patty is an amazing four-year starter at third base and leadoff batter; she plays the hot corner with ease. She’s amazing to watch stealing bases. and she plays softball like Pete Rose played baseball — with hustle and the ability to pressure the other team.”
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Martinez, a junior, played a solid first base.
“She goes out and does her job every game,” Fordyce said. “When we need a rally to start (for) a go-ahead run, Ashley’s bat is there, and sure enough, she is ‘Miss Clutch’ with a sweet swing for a base hit.”
In her junior year, Magnuson had “another strong year on the mound and at the plate and she’s a very hard worker,” the coach said.
In fact Magnuson, was named MVP of the Coast Valley League and of the Coast Union Lady Broncos.
At the plate, she hit .519 and drove in 22 runs. On the mound, she tossed six shutouts, striking out 92 batters in 842⁄3 innings.
Bucio made the first team All-Coast Valley League and was named Best Offensive Player on the Coast Union team.
Martinez earned a spot on the All-CVL second team.