There were certainly a few surprises that took place during the Prep League softball season and those unexpected successes were highlighted within the league's awards.
Flintridge Prep, Mayfield School, Pasadena Poly and Westridge each earned acclaim that included Cubs junior catcher Mireya Hernandez taking home the most valuable player award and Panthers senior hurler Heather Choi being named the league's pitcher of the year.
"The goal every year is to win league and I thought we could do it," Panthers Coach Santee Vallejo said. "But our biggest question to start was pitching and, at the end, pitching was a strength."
Choi proved a pleasant surprise, finishing second among league players in wins with an 11-4 record and a 2.66 earned run average.
"I wasn't trying to be the best pitcher, I just wanted to win," Choi said. "That's what is most rewarding, winning a league title."