High School Sports

Seven county players earn All-Southern Section honors

Arroyo Grande High pitcher Jill Compton earned All-Southern Section first team honors in Division 3 for her stellar pitching performance this season.
Arroyo Grande High pitcher Jill Compton earned All-Southern Section first team honors in Division 3 for her stellar pitching performance this season. jmellom@thetribunenews.com

Arroyo Grande High junior pitcher Jill Compton was one of five San Luis Obispo County softball players named to the All-CIF Southern Section first teams in their respective divisions.

The teams were released Monday.

Compton, who went 11-6 with a 1.39 ERA and 198 strikeouts in 115 innings this season, was named to the Division 3 first team. She also hit .308 and scored a team-high 17 runs as the Eagles reached the second round of the Division 3 playoffs.

She was joined by Nipomo sophomore pitcher Courtney Cuzick and Morro Bay sophomore utility player Allison Lamb, who were named to the Division 5 first team, and Coastal Christian junior infielder Sevelyn Van Ronk and North County Christian junior Cheyenne Ricks, who made the Division 7 first team.

Nipomo junior pitcher Ryan McNeil was the only county player to make the All-Southern Section first team in baseball. McNeil, who helped the Titans reach the second round of the Division 5 playoffs this year, went 11-8 with a 1.40 ERA and struck out 84 in 65 innings, plus hit .400 with 17 runs and team-highs in RBI (20) and stolen bases (13) this season.

“He had a great season and he dominated on the mound virtually everybody that he faced,” Nipomo coach John Stevens said.

Shandon senior pitcher Tommy Harris was named to the Division 7 second team. He struck out 80 in 35 2⁄3 innings, and led the Outlaws with a .543 average, 17 stolen bases, 14 RBI and eight doubles.

Lamb led the Pirates with a .391 average, 24 RBI and two home runs. She helped Morro Bay earn a share of the Los Padres League title with Nipomo. 

“Allison deserved it,” Morro Bay coach Roger Pelletier said. “ She played above her years as a sophomore; she’s really a smart player.”

Cuzick had a dominant season in the circle, going 15-9 with a miniscule 0.66 ERA and striking out 272 in 159 innings. She also hit .333 with a team-high 32 runs and 11 stolen bases.

Lamb and Cuzick were among only five sophomores on the Division 5 first team.

“That’s very impressive,” Pelletier said. “There’s some pretty good players in this league.”

Van Ronk led the Conquerors to an 11-4 record, a Coast Valley League title and into the second round of the Division 7 playoffs. She hit .543, scored 33 runs and had 21 stolen bases.

Ricks was the Crusaders’ best hitter. She hit .481 with 37 runs, 27 RBI, six triples, 10 stolen bases and hit the team’s only home run. North County Christian took second in the CVL and lost in the first round of the Division 7 playoffs.

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