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Four Legionnaires given all-league softball honors

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

The Summit League softball coaches gave all-league honors to four Bonsall High School players.

Diamond Nava and Cali Sauileone were given Summit League first team recognition. The second team included Maddie Rackovan and Emily Trujillo.

“It was an accomplishment to be able to honor four girls who are well deserving,” said Bonsall coach Emily Casillas.

“I was super grateful,” Casillas said. “These girls are well deserving in their recognition.”

This year’s Summit League had four teams. Bonsall had a 1-4 record for third place; Bayfront Charter was 6-0 record in league play and the 4-2 Liberty Charter league record reflects two losses to Bayfront Charter as well as two wins over Bonsall. A first-round loss in the CIF Division V playoffs finalized Bonsall’s overall season record at 6-6.

Sauileone was a sophomore for the 2023 season. She played both pitcher and shortstop.

“Definitely deserving of this,” Casillas said of Sauileone’s selection to the Summit League first team.

Bonsall High School has only had softball since 2022, and Sauileone was also on last year’s team. “She was a huge driver in getting this program started,” Casillas said.

The Frontier Conference has two softball leagues: the Patriot League and the Summit League. Bonsall was in the Patriot League for 2022, and the Legionnaires had a 6-0 record in league play as part of an 11-5 overall record which includes a loss to Borrego Springs in the first round of the CIF Division V playoffs. This year, Bonsall was moved to the Summit League, giving the Legionnaires tougher competition.

“I think she dealt with it pretty well,” Casillias said of Sauileone.

Nava, who was a freshman on the 2023 team, also pitched. Nava also played shortstop and second base.

“Diamond is just an all-star in everything,” Casillas said.

Casillas also cited Nava’s attitude. “She is the player who wants to stay after and finish her work,” Casillas said.

Rackovan, who was a junior, also played for Bonsall in 2022. She is the Legionnaires’ catcher. Trujillo was a freshman in 2023 and played first base.

Bayfront Charter had four players on the first team and another four on the second team. Liberty Charter had three players on each team. Each all-league team had ten players including one from Mountain Empire.

“We look forward to coming in strong this next season. We expect to be a lot more competitive,” Casillas said.

 

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