The 2022 season for Islanders softball was one to remember. While the Lady Islanders did not hoist the CIF DIII Championship as they had hoped, they still accomplished plenty.
With a regular season record of 14-10, the Islanders took home the City League Title posting a perfect 10-0 record in league play, and even made a trip to the CIF Quarterfinals that saw them knock off No.2 Overall seed Westhills.
Among a large amount of team success, several Islander softball players were named to All-League teams at the end of the season. Two First-Team All-League and two to the Second-Team All-League.
The two Islanders who would be named to Second-Team All-League would be Marianne Akre and Ila Pecus.
Akre would make up the elite 1-2 punch atop the Islanders starting rotation in 2022. The senior left-hander posted a 7-5 record in the circle, a team-best 2.55 ERA, and fanning 83 hitters in 60.1 innings of work while holding opposing hitters to an on-base percentage of .208. Akre’s talents wouldn’t just be in the circle, though, as she was also a force at the dish. In her senior season, she posted an average of .362 while also posting an OPS of .883. Whether on the bump or in the box, Akre was a force for the Islanders in 2022.
Pecus was a staple in the middle of the Islanders lineup in 2022. In her senior year, it was perhaps best to walk Pecus, as pitching to her was asking for trouble. With a batting average of .423 and an OBP (on-base percentage) of .456, she was constantly on base and showed great discipline in the box. But what made Pecus so lethal at the plate was her ability to go gap to gap and play long ball, and their senior captain posted a slugging percentage of .605 and an OPS of 1.100 and totaled 3 round-trippers in 2022.
The two Islanders who would earn First Team All-League Honors would be Susannah Pate and Anneliese Wong.
It’s hard to imagine someone having a better sophomore season in San Diego county than Pate. In her second year as an Islander, Pate proved to be the spark plug for the Islander offense. Pate put up video game-like numbers as she hit .532 and posted a OBP of .617 (yes, you’re reading those numbers correctly) while drawing 15 walks and only striking out 7 times. Pate was also a menace on the base paths as she swiped 15 bags on the year. Pate’s excellent play also extended on defense as she shined in the middle infield, constantly flashing the leather.
In 2022 Anneliese Wong put together a season that Islander softball history won’t soon forget. The senior captain for the Islanders not only was slotted in the middle of the order, posting an average of .402, slugged .756, posted an OPS of 1.207, and sent six big fly’s over the wall. If the ball was over the plate, Wong was going to barrel it. But Wong’s elite numbers also extend to inside the circle as she posted an 8-2 record, an era of 3.38, and saved her best performance for the postseason as she threw a 10-inning CG vs. Bayfront Charter.
Along with several players earning honors, Head Coach of the Islanders girls softball team, Tom Dull, would be named the City League coach of the year for helping to guide the Islanders to an undefeated league season and City League Title.
VOL. 112, NO. 25 - June 22, 2022