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Menlo College softball has two players named all-region

 

Menlo College softball players Ariana Belarde and Sarah Reyes were named to the NAIA All-Region team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, it was learned Wednesday.

Belarde earned first-team honors while Reyes received second-team recognition. It's the first all-region selection for both players.


Sarah Reyes was named to the second team all-region team. Photo courtesy of Menlo Athletics.
Belarde recorded a breakthrough season for the Oaks this past spring, enjoying her best season at the college level. The junior out of Lakewood led the Oaks with a .407 batting average, including 24 games with two or more hits (she played in 48 games).

Belarde also recorded five doubles, four triples, and two home runs while finishing second on the team with 15 stolen bases. Her numbers were even better in conference play, where she hit .449 with a slugging percentage of .577.

Her efforts rank her among the top 10 in five different Menlo single-season categories. She also earned All-Golden State Athletic Conference honors for the first time.

Reyes earned All-GSAC honors for the third time by being one of the top dual-threat players in the conference.

She hit .383, with a career-high 12 home runs, second in the Oaks record books. Reyes led led the GSAC, finishing three ahead of Arizona Christian's Paige Church. Reyes recorded an .804 slugging percentage and drove home 44 runs, both career-bests.

She also pitched a career-high 131 innings and led the Oaks with an 11-10 record, while striking out a career-best 65.

Among players in the GSAC who made the team, Bree Makai and Anessa Cepeda (Hope International) and Abbie Lewis (William Jessup) were named to the first team along with Belarde. Melanie Okazaki, Taylor Pierce, and Jamie Ponce (Hope International) and Mehana Johns (William Jessup) joined Reyes on the second team.

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