Soaring Eagle

April 24, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Taylor Lambert
Cal-Hi Sports Bay Area

This softball season in the Bay Area is stacking up to be one of the best in recent memory. There's a ton of talent up and down rosters in the Bay but the talent at the top of the heap is pretty incredible. I had the pleasure of covering a Northgate at Clayton Valley softball game this week and was blown away by what I saw. Two words for you... Shannon Mestas.
 
Shannon is a pitcher for the Clayton Valley Eagles and is opening eyes in the softball community. The senior is also a terror at the plate but most of her value on the diamond comes in the pitchers circle. Mestas is a dominant force, with just a 0.092 ERA (1 earned run all year), 144 strikeouts, two perfect games and three more no hitters (plus another combined no-no with Katilyn Covione). On top of those staggering numbers, she's also hitting .487 at the plate.
 
Shannon is looking to break the Clayton Valley season strikeout record of 186 and is well on her way. In the game I saw of her against Northgate, Mestas tossed a no hitter to go along with 12 strikeouts, a 3-for-3 day at the plate with 4 RBI and three runs scored. That game was Shannon's third no hitter in a row. In her previous no-no (a five inning mercy rule game) she struck out 15 of 15 batters faced. Yeah, she's pretty good.
 
Shannon isn't the only standout for the Eagles though; they have a handful of other players who are looking to put their names in the record books as well. Kierra Willis is a transfer from College Park this season and was unable to play until April 1st. She's only participated in 5 games so far but has a staggering 4 home runs in that span. Kierra is looking to beat the school record of 5 and seems to be on her way as well.

Another top player is Jacee Almond, who has gotten a hit in every game this year except one. She's trying to beat the school record of hits in a season of 41 and has a chance to get there as well.
 
So good luck to these players and the entire Clayton Valley softball team, they're a fun bunch to watch.