By Tom Saxe -
The Pacific Coast Athletic Conference has selected Palomar College softball player Kali Pugh and Southwestern track & field athlete Korin Chapman as its Women’s Athletes of the Week.
Pugh, the Comets’ freshman shortstop from Rancho Buena Vista High School, went 9-for-11 with seven RBIs as Palomar, ranked No. 1 in Southern California and No. 2 in the state, won three more games.
Pugh went 3-for-3 with a double, triple, sacrifice fly and four RBIs as the Comets (17-2, 10-0 in conference) beat Imperial Valley 9-0. She was 2-for-4 and drove in the only run of the game in a 1-0 victory over Grossmont. And she was 4-for-4 with a sacrifice fly and two RBIs in the defending state champions’ 10-2 win over second-place Southwestern.
The Jaguars’ Chapman, a sophomore from Eastlake High School, cleared 11 feet, 5.75 inches to tie for first place in the pole vault with Donnah Martin from George Fox University of Oregon at the Ross and Sharon Irwin Collegiate meet at Point Loma Nazarene University.
Honorable mention went to softball players Allena Hille (San Diego Mesa) and Jessica Thompson (Southwestern).
Hille, a sophomore shortstop from Morse High School, went 3-for-7 for the week as the Olympians’ lead-off batter. She made a spectacular catch to preserve Mesa’s 6-4 upset win over Southwestern, when the ball bounced off of her glove on a low pop-up beyond shortstop and she dove and caught the ball with her bare throwing hand.
Thompson, a sophomore catcher from Steele Canyon High School, had a 4-for-8 week. She went 2-for-2 with two RBIs in a 2-1 win over Southern California No. 10-ranked Citrus and was 1-for-3 vs. both state No. 2 Palomar and Long Beach City College.