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By Fred Robledo ~ SGV Tribune

Los Altos high school was the area’s biggest surprise of the 2017 softball season and it came with the emergence of junior pitcher Savannah Diederich, who dominated in the circle and carried a big stick for the Conquerors.

Diederich, a junior who is verbally committed to the University of Mississippi, struggled along with the Conquerors just a year ago, finishing 11-13-1 and third in the Hacienda.

Amazing what a year of work will do.

Diederich was dominant this season, finishing 22-7 with a 1.40 ERA and 219 strikeouts while leading the Conquerors to an undefeated Hacienda League title run and 24-7 overall record.

Diederich also performed well in the CIF Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, leading the Conquerors to the quarterfinals before losing a pitching duel to Ayala, 1-0.

What made Diederich even more threatening is what she did with a bat in her hands, hitting .437 with three homers, 10 doubles and 24 RBIs to earn Hacienda League player of the year honors.

For her efforts, Diederich has been named the Tribune’s 2017 softball player of the year.

Joining Diederich with top honors is Los Altos coach Lydell McCullough, who was named the Tribune’s coach of the year.

McCullough had coached previously with Los Altos, but after Los Altos struggled to a losing season a year ago, it brought McCullough back and he quickly restored the tradition with a league title and quarterfinal playoff run.

In addition to be recognized as the top player in the area, Diederich is also listed as one of the top players in the state. She was recently named to the Cal Hi Sports All State Softball Team for medium sized schools. Savannah made First Team All-State as a Multi-Purpose player due to her prowess in circle and in the batter’s box.

Savannah Diederich also made the Division 3 All-CIF Team. Joining Diederich and McCullough on the Tribune first team are Kelly Monroy & Melissa Felix. Monroy, a shortstop, was named to the Hacienda first team after batting .500 with 10 doubles and 22 RBIs. Felix, a junior named to the Hacienda first team, batted .443 with 18 RBIs. Catcher Andrea Wood was also honored for her hard work and leadership and made the Tribune second team.

Link to the Tribune Article

ALL-CIF Honors

All-State Softball

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