Taylor, Shults Earn All American Honors In College Softball
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association All America teams in college softball have a pair of grads from the Santa Clarita Valley.
Valencia High graduate Jordan Taylor, a pitcher at the University of Michigan, and Hart High graduate Jessica Shults, a catcher at the University of Oklahoma, earned spots on the All America second team.
Taylor, a junior at Michigan, was one of four Wolverines to earn All America honors. She was the Big 10 Pitcher of the Year and was 26-4 in 2010. She led her team with a 1.44 ERA and 316 strikeouts. She also threw three no-hitters.
Shults, a freshman at Oklahoma, was one of three Sooners on the All America team. She led her team with a .364 batting average, 64 hits and 62 runs batted in.
She hit 15 home runs, a freshman record at Oklahoma, and tied for the team lead.
Recent Valencia High graduate Madison Shipman was selected to the U.S. Junior National softball team.
She made the team after a three-day tryout at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. She is one of 10 players from California on the 17-player roster that will play in the Pan American Championship in Bogota, Colombia, in August.
The Lakers left no doubt the NBA Finals will go seven games in a convincing 89-67 win over the Celtics at Staples Center.
The Lakers held the Celtics to 13 points in the second quarter and had a 20-point lead at halftime in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.
Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 26 points in 40 minutes and added 11 rebounds. Pau Gasol was one assist shy of a triple double. He had 17 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists. Lamar Odom had a strong game off the bench with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Game 7 is Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 6.
The Dodgers snapped their three-game losing streak with a 12-0 win over the Reds. Manny Ramirez led the offensive barrage with three hits, including a two-run home run, and drove in five runs.
Rafael Furcal collected five hits, including a double, drove in two runs and scored twice.
The Dodgers had 19 hits in the game. James Loney was 4-for-5 and drove in two runs.
Hiroki Kuroda pitched five shut-out innings and struck out eight.
The Dodgers continue their series with Reds today. Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers. The Reds will counter with their new ace, Mike Leake and his 5-0 record.
Pregame starts at 3:30 on AM 1220, KHTS.