Editor Mark Tennis said he took heavy criticism "from many parts of the state" when he selected Casa Roble's Ali Aguilar as the Cal-Hi State Softball Freshman of the Year four years ago.
But Aguilar, a shortstop and Washington scholarship signee, wound up making Tennis look pretty insightful.
She finished her senior year at Casa Roble by batting .500 with eight home runs and helping the Rams to their third Sac-Joaquin Section championship in four seasons.
The Bee's Player of the Year is the only high school player competing for the USA Junior National Team (U-19) this summer.
So Tennis rewarded Aguilar today with a spot on Cal-Hi's 30-player All-State First Team. She was the only area player named to the top team.
Oak Ridge shortstop Lauren Bertoy made the second team while Rocklin's Mallory Asaro, Woodcreek's Frankie Orlando and Amanda Horbasch and Pleasant Grove's Amber Murray made the third team.
Whitney's Taylor Cotton, Pioneer's Angelica Dark and Lincoln's Abi Lund made the All-State Medium School first team. Placer's Kassidy Kosmata was a second team selection.
Marysville's Tressa Arostegui and Dixon's Kristina Brown made the All-State Small School first team and Dixon's Jenna Bassler, Wheatland's Tara McIntyre and Sutter's Taylor Pack were second team selectees.
Woodcreek's Jenna Curtan, Christian Brothers' Haley Snyder, Pleasant Grove's Vanessa Washington and Casa Roble's Krystal Aubert made the All-State Junior Class Second Team.