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Spartans, Titans, Tigers take home All-Rio Hondo League softball honors

Softball: San Marino, La Cañada pitchers turn in impressive seasons, capture Rio Hondo League's top awards.

June 21, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
(Roger Wilson/Sports…)

Michelle Floyd showed just how dangerous of a dual threat she is in the third game of the San Marino High softball team's Rio Hondo League season March 23 against La Cañada High.

Floyd, who's verbally committed to the University of Arizona, not only struck out 11 and limited the Spartans to two runs in the circle, but she hit a two-run blast in the top of the seventh inning that proved to be the difference in a 3-2 victory for the Titans, who found themselves on top of league for a time due to the victory.

San Marino (18-9-1, 8-4 in league) slipped to second place in league, as La Cañada (26-4-1, 10-1-1) won its final two meetings with the Titans to claim its fourth straight league championship en route to a second consecutive CIF Southern Section Division V crown, but there was no denying the year Floyd put together by the league coaches who named her Rio Hondo's Most Valuable Player.

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"It was really cool being able to get recognition for all the hard work I've put in over the years," said Floyd, who saw La Cañada's Lauren Cox take home the Rio Hondo League's Most Valuable Pitcher award. "I was just amazed and I was truly happy and really honored that I was chosen."

Among the league's first-team selections were the Spartans' Annie Monroe, Selina Mohr, Catherine Horner and Katy Lee, San Marino's Alexis Watanabe and Liz Shelburne and South Pasadena's Cynthia Ream-Garcia.

Ever since her freshman year, Floyd has been one of the most dominant pitchers and feared hitters in league.

It was no different in a season where Floyd was named a team captain, along with Watanabe, for the first time.

The junior proceeded to bat .440 (33 for 75) with 23 runs batted in, 19 runs, eight doubles and five home runs.

"It was time for me to step up and be a leader and time for our team to play the way we know how," said Floyd, who went 16-7 with an 0.88 earned-run average and 288 strikeouts in 160 innings pitched. "I tried to be a leader as much as I can this year. I wanted to raise the prestige of San Marino softball."

Floyd's accomplishments in the circle were only rivaled in the league by Cox, who had the most strikeouts in the CIF Southern Section and third most in the state with 321 and maintained a 0.62 ERA and notched 18 shutouts and six no-hitters in 191.1 innings.

This is the second year Cox has earned the award, as she shared the honor with teammate Lauren O'Leary two years ago.

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