EL SEGUNDO HERALD May 23, 2019 Page 5
Dream Season Ends
Story and Photos by Gregg McMullin
The El Segundo High School softball team’s
dream season came to an end. It could be described
as one of the program’s most successful
seasons. The team captured the Ocean League
title, won 25 games, had an 18-game win
streak (which is the longest in the program’s
history) and reached the CIF Southern Section
championship game for the third time in 12
years. The Eagles did this despite fielding a
team beset with injuries to key players and
leaning on underclassman players to fill voids.
El Segundo’s path to the CIF finals went
through Sultana High of Hesperia in the
semifinals of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs.
The Eagles had to make back-to-back long
distance road trips in the quarterfinals when
they defeated Rialto 4-3 in eight innings. Next
up was Sultana with their vaunted offense and
a hard-throwing pitcher Savannah Serrata in
The game was tied 1-1 in the third inning
when Kaili Reitano unloaded on a 275-foot
three-run home run to highlight a four-run inning.
The Eagles’ bats had come alive after seeing
Serrata the second time around. El Segundo
went on to score single runs in the fourth and
sixth innings to hold on for a 7-2 win.
Audrey Butler had a big game, going 2-3
with two RBI singles, a walk and a run scored.
Freshman sensation Sophia Marrero continued
her blistering offensive output in the playoffs
with two more hits. She’s hitting .500 (7-14).
Kaila Little had two hits, including an RBI
single in the sixth inning. Besides her great
day at the plate, Reitano started in the circle
and held an explosive Sultans lineup to two
El Segundo High School
Swim Teams Succeed
Vistamar Student Earns
After receiving more than 200 applications
from students and more than 70 submissions
from teachers, Kinecta Federal Credit Union
hosted an award ceremony on May 21 to
honor eight students with $2,000 scholarships
to help them make higher education a
reality; as well as six teachers with $2,000
grants to help them bolster instruction and
Local El Segundo student Sabrina Marie
Chwalek was one of the winners. Sabrina
will be graduating from Vistamar School
in El Segundo and has chosen to attend the
University of California, Berkeley and major
in Political Economy. With a full course load,
Sabrina also leads the Interact Club, which
she founded -- a school organization that
performs service projects for the local community.
She additionally leads Never Again
Vistamar, another student organization she
founded that promotes dialogue and awareness
about gun violence. Sabrina also serves
as editor-in-chief of her school’s paper, the
Vistamar View, in which she regularly covers
social and humanitarian issues.
– Content: Sodelba Alfaro, ROX United •
The El Segundo High School boys
swim team finished as the 2019 Ocean
League Champions and the girls team
finished second. The swimmers represented
El Segundo at CIF Div. 3 in Riverside on
May 1 and May 2.
Boys: Nicholas Allison, Slate Davis, Danny
Gonzalez, Hirota Inoki, Brian Schodorf, William
Schodorf and Brock Wilson.
2019 Seniors - from left to right top row: Coach Tyler Contarsy, Will Schodorf, Slate Davis, Nick Allison, Lauren Cervanek, Cheyenneh Mallen,
Sophia Caravello, Sarah Alexander. Bottom row from left to right: Alexa Modry, Jenna Olson, Maya Weiss, Christina Grenke, Savannah Ghale.
2019 Boys CIF Finalists - Danny Gonzalez, Hirota Inoki, Nick Allison, Will Schodorf and Slate Davis
Eagle shortstop Katie Croxall played brilliantly in the CIF Southern
Section championship game.
Audrey Butler’s sacrifice bunt in the first inning of the CIF-SS
Division 4 final helped lead to the Eagles’ only run.
Eagle third baseman Adri Hebert makes a tough catch in the CIF-SS championship game.
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2019 CIF Div. 3 Boys Relay Team – Hirota Inoki, Will Schodorf, Slate Davis and Nick Allison