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TVHS graduates give back to school and community

D1 and D2 players headline softball skills clinic

Friday, December 20th, 2013
Issue 51, Volume 17.
Paul Bandong
Staff Writer

Temecula Valley High School graduates Chelsea Goodacre (2011) and Mia Pagano (2009) will be participating in a Softball Skills Clinic at Temecula Valley High School on Friday, January 3, 2014.

"We will be focusing on offensive and defensive skills," said TVHS Coach Ken Swearingen, "pitching, catching, hitting, base running, and the mental attitude of the game and how to make it fun." Swearingen is excited about having these graduates give back to the sport, "These girls bring value to an event like this: their experience from when they started playing and what it took to get where they are today. They are inspirational and the kids will listen to everything they say."

Pagano was a four-year varsity starter at TVHS and made the All-Valley Team in 2009 with a 2.31 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 72.2 innings pitched. She also carried a .357 batting average with 30 hits and 15 RBIís. Six of her thirty hits were doubles.

At CSU Northridge, Pagano was the Matadors top pitcher in 2012 with a 3.45 ERA, 111 strikeouts and .985 fielding percentage. She was named to the Big West All-Conference Second Team, the Academic All-Conference team and is on the Student-Athlete Advisory Council. "I am stoked about being here!" Pagano will also be the freshman coach at TVHS this season.

Goodacre, a catcher and shortstop for the Golden Bears, recorded a .413 batting average with ten runs, 33 RBIís on 31 hits, five doubles and ten home runs in her senior year. She had a .866 slugging percentage. Goodacre was named to the All-Area Second Team and the MaxPreps California All-State Team.

Goodacre was All-Conference four years, defensive MVP as a freshman, offensive MVP as a sophomore and team MVP as a senior.

Goodacre was part of the Team USA team that won the 18-under Pan American Championship in August 2010.

At the University of Arizona (eight-time National Champions), Goodacre was 2012 Pac-12 All-Freshman Honorable Mention. She had two two-homer games and scored seventeen runs on the season.

Just this past October during a fall tournament, Goodacre hit Advertisement
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five home runs in five consecutive at-bats. One of the booming shots landed forty yards beyond the right field fence – on top of a three-story building! In five games, she went 13-of-15 with eight home runs and 24 RBIís.

The two are excited to return to TVís Varsity Softball field. "I just love to give back," said Goodacre, "and I canít wait to share my experiences."

NewsFlash: All-PAC-12 shortstop Kellie Fox will also be at the clinic. Fox batted .342, had 11 home runs, 45 RBIís, nine doubles and a slugging percentage of .608 to earn the all-conference honor in her freshman year. At Mt Carmel high School in San Diego, Fox earned four varsity letters and was named CalHiSports CIF Division II Player of the Year and an Under Armour All-American in her senior season. She recently transferred from UCLA to University of Arizona. The Wildcats were semi-finalists in last yearís College World Series.

NewsFlash2: Also attending will be sophomore shortstop Sierra Romero who recently set the record for home runs in a season (23) at the University of Michigan. The 2012 Vista Murrieta graduate was named to the NFCA All-America second team and was also the Big Ten Player of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year. In high school, Romero was a four-year varsity letterwinner and named Southwestern League MVP twice and All-CIF twice. She was also selected on the ESPN and MaxPreps All-American teams. She still holds the Riverside County record for home runs (45).

"This a great opportunity for our aspiring softball players to hear from local girls who have grown up playing in our area," said Swearingen, "and to get better through the skills and drills they learn from them."

The clinic is open to girls ages 7 to 13. Check-in for the Softball Skills Clinic is at 9 am. Participants will need to bring softball gear, equipment and water. Hot dog lunch will be provided. An autograph and question answer session will follow. For further information, contact Mindy Chris at (951) 595-9394.



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