Scorpions hope to rekindle magic of 2011

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Shelbie Franc has started all four seasons at second base for Camarillo High softball. Franc and Hayley Chamberlain are the only Scorpions who won a section title on the 2011 ACHS squad. © Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers
The Camarillo High softball team features the perfect mix of veterans and up-and-coming players.

Seniors Hayley Chamberlain and Shelbie Franc are the only remaining Scorpions from the Camarillo squad that won the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 title in 2011.

Franc, a four-year starting second baseman, said this year’s team is capable of winning a section championship.

“That was a special year,” Franc said. “It’s very hard to win or even go far in CIF playoffs. I think this team is underachieving.

“We have young players that are ready to break out. When they do, it’s going to be crazy.”

The Scorpions aren’t worried about the playoffs yet. Camarillo is focused on winning its third straight Pacific View League championship.

Camarillo, 9-2-1 overall, occupies first place in the Pacific View with a 3-0 mark.

Oxnard, which shared the league championship last season with the Scorpions, sports a 2-0 league record.

“We have the talent to win another league title,” said Chamberlain, a four-year starting shortstop. “It won’t be easy. Oxnard always puts up a good fight.”

Rio Mesa and Pacifica are other talented Pacific View squads, the shortstop said.

The Scorpions play a doubleheader at Redondo Union on Saturday.

Chamberlain and Franc provide stellar defense.

Hitters rarely get ground balls past the tenacious middle infielders.

“We pride ourselves on de- fense,” said Franc, who will play softball for the University of New Mexico next spring. “I love playing in the infield next to Hayley. We have great chemistry.”

When Chamberlain and Franc aren’t teaming up for a double play, they’re setting the table for the Scorpion power hitters.

Chamberlain is a savvy leadoff hitter who hits the ball into the outfield gaps.

Franc, who hits second in the order, battles at the plate.

“Hayley is always on base and that motivates me to bring her home or move her over to second or third base,” Franc said. “If I’m on base, I’m confident our power hitters will bring me home.”

Youngsters in the lineup provide the pop.

Sophomore outfielder Cassandra Akers leads the Scorpions with 17 RBI and three home runs.

Freshman infielder Sara Silveyra sports a .370 batting average with 10 hits and 13 RBI.

“The younger girls have been great,” senior first baseman/ outfielder Amy King said. “They have stepped up for us all year. They play like seniors.”

Freshmen Rylee Lauritson and Kylee Darling recently jumped from junior varsity to varsity.

Scorpion senior ace Shelby Jacobsen has been in and out the rotation nursing an injury.

“I haven’t played as much because the pain in my shoulder doesn’t go away,” said Jacobsen, who has endured shoulder pain since October. “When I do play, I’m still the same pitcher. My speed is there. I just feel pain.

“I’m tired of icing. I hope the pain goes away.”

Sophomore Emily Orosco and freshman Darby McGhee have stepped up in the circle.

Chase Robledo, Jazmin Macias, Jessica Perine, Shawna Brown, Megan Resnik, Missy Martinez, Kellie Kooker and Sara Stroud contribute for Camarillo.

Head coach Jack Willard, who will step into the Camarillo football head coaching gig in the fall, is in his 12th season guiding Scorpion softball.

“Winning the CIF title seems like so long ago,” Chamberlain said.

“I want to end my senior year on a high note. I think this team can go far in the playoffs.”

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