The Bret Harte High School softball team finished with an overall record of 3-19 and went 3-12 in the Mother Lode League. The Bullfrogs defeated Summerville twice and Argonaut once.
Bret Harte junior Karlee Juarez and sophomore Morgan McDearmid were placed on the MLL first team. Juarez led the Mother Lode League with an average of .653 and had an on-base percentage of .746. She recorded 32 hits, scored 28 runs, smacked 13 doubles and three triples, walked 15 times and stole a league-high 38 bases. Defensively, Juarez committed four errors in 108 attempts for a fielding percentage of .963.
“She scored 28 runs this year and that was a third of our team’s scoring,” Bret Harte head coach Rich Juarez said. “That accounts to her on-base percentage. She’s a threat every time she gets on base and teams know that she has the ability to always score. Any coach in the league that would look at her numbers would say, ‘That’s the person that I want on my team.’”
McDearmid had a strong sophomore season as she hit .604. The lefty smacked 32 hits, scored 16 times, had 15 RBIs, 10 doubles, two triples, two home runs, walked nine times and stole 25 bases. McDearmid recorded a hit in all but two games. In the circle, she collected three wins and struck out 66 batters in 98 innings.
“She progressed tremendously between her freshman and sophomore years and the mental part of that was huge,” Juarez said. “You could see that when she stepped up to the plate. And from a pitching aspect, she understands that misses are supposed to be missed and not put over the plate for hits. She’s learning more about pitching every day.”
Junior Kinlye Apley received the Character Award. Apley hit .281 with 18 hits, eight RBIs, five runs scored, five doubles, one triple, one home run and stole nine bases.
“Kinlye is the biggest character that we have on our team,” Juarez said. “She’s always happy and she’s super supportive of everyone on the team. She’s just the type of teammate that everyone wants to have. “
Juarez, McDearmid and freshman Jaycee Davey made the all-academic team.