For the Fontana A.B. Miller High School softball team, the 2019 season has been a huge success.
In their first year of competition in the Mountain Valley League, the Rebels captured the championship with a record of 11-1 (15-9-1 overall).
The Rebels clinched the crown with a 21-0 rout of Pacific on April 19 and then ended the regular season with a 28-8 stomping of Vista del Lago on April 22.
"I've had the pleasure of coaching these girls for three years and a lot of them are seniors this year, and it's great to see them go out this way," said coach April Marshall. "Their hard work paid off."
One of those seniors, Evangelyn Davila, said that winning the title is "the best feeling in the world."
"It feels amazing," added Brittney Villalobos, another senior. "We haven't done this in forever, and I just can't wait for the future (in the CIF playoffs)."
The Rebels showed much improvement from the 2018 campaign, when they were 9-14 overall and 4-10 in the Citrus Belt League.
Alicia Fitzgerald said the team thrived this year "because we communicate and we get along so well."
"This is my first year on the varsity team, and it's been really fun," said Mia Zamora, who teamed up with Villalobos to throw a five-inning no-hitter against Pacific, combining for nine strikeouts.
Zamora also went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double and three singles. She scored four runs and knocked in two runs.
Villalobos pounded a home run, scored four runs, and drove in three runs, while Fitzgerald tripled, doubled, scored two runs, and drove in three runs. Lorissa Avila doubled and singled, scored three runs, and drove in three runs, and Davila doubled and singled, scored two runs, and drove in three runs. Jojo Canas singled, scored a run, and drove in two runs.
----- THEN against Vista del Lago, Villalobos went 5-for-6 with three doubles and two singles. She scored five runs and knocked in six runs.
Fitzgerald belted a home run and two singles, scored two runs, and drove in five runs. Desteney Soto boomed a home run, scored three runs, and drove in four runs.
Davila was 4-for-4 with a double, three singles, five runs, and one RBI. Avila went 3-for-4, scored two runs, and drove in three runs.
Kayla Sevilla had two singles and four runs. Canas doubled and singled and Camila Larranaga doubled.