Watsonville High sophomore Amelia Martinez was named the Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division's Pitcher of the Year for the 2024 regular season. (Juan Reyes/The Pajaronian)

Watsonville High sophomore Amelia Martinez was named the Pacific Coast Athletic League Mission Division’s Pitcher of the Year for the 2024 regular season. 

The Wildcatz’s star pitcher finished with a 13-2 overall record in 20 appearances in the circle. She had a 1.59 ERA with 138 strikeouts and 38 walks, while giving up just one home run in 101 1/3 innings pitched, according to statistics on the MaxPreps website.

“I was shocked, I didn’t think I would get that. But I know I worked hard and it paid off,” she said.

Martinez was instrumental in helping Watsonville capture the Mission Division title following an 11-1 record in league play this season. It was their first league crown since sharing the now defunct Monterey Bay League Gabilan Division title with Hollister High in 2017. 

Watsonville coach Pete Legorreta—who is also Martinez’s grandfather—said the grind never ends for the ‘Catz’s ace hurler.  

“[Martinez] had a really nice successful season and I was really happy. She worked real hard,” Legorreta said.

Martinez was playing for the Suncats Jimenez travel softball team before she recently made the move to the Warrior Academy Softball program. During the offseason, she also spent time in the weight room to improve her strength.

“I worked more on location and getting more movement on my pitches. And then I also did stuff to increase my speed, which helped,” she said.

The prep softball season finished nearly a month ago, yet Martinez is still practicing every weekend. She’s also set to compete in Premier Girls Fastpitch tournaments during the summer. 

Martinez’s drive on becoming the best pitcher in the Mission Division comes from wanting to prove she was a much better player than most viewed her in 2023. 

As a freshman, she faced the PCAL Gabilan Division—the top tier of the four divisions within the league. The Wildcatz went winless with an 0-14 record in league play that season. 

“I think that drove me to work harder and also just wanting to have redemption,” she said.

Legoretta said his granddaughter isn’t the biggest physical specimen, but Martinez is determined and tries to be crafty with her pitches such as the breaking ball.

“Nowadays with those bats, if you just throw a fastball you’re gonna get pounded, and they go far, real far,” Legorreta said. “[Martinez] works on her speed, but then the speed just goes down to her breaking balls, they just make them a little bit harder.”

Legorreta said another reason Martinez had so much success was the outstanding defense behind her. 

The ‘Catz were led by senior Julia Maldonado and freshman Esperanza Sigala, a slick shortstop who filled a void in the infield. Both players earned All-PCAL First Team honors. 

“[Martinez] pitched well, but her defense really got her back and really performed,” Legoretta said. 

Maldonado and Sigala were also a pair of sluggers for Watsonville.

Maldonado batted a .429 (24-for-56) average with 10 doubles, 24 RBIs and 20 runs scored—all a team-best for Watsonville.

Sigala wasn’t far behind as she batted a .390 (23-for-59) average with one home, four triples, five doubles, 19 RBIs and 16 runs scored. 

Apart from being the ‘Catz’s main pitcher, Martinez batted a .357 (20-for-56) average with one home run, two triples, three doubles, 13 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

Watsonville senior Cameron Llamas along with juniors Ashley Jimenez and Jillian Lerma each earned All-PCAL Second Team honors.

“I think it shows that we’re going in the right direction. And that we have a group of girls who want to work hard and be good, and who actually care,” Martinez said.

Monte Vista Christian junior Kayla Fullalove-Silveira earned All-PCAL First Team honors, while freshman Gia Johnson earned all-league second team honors.

Fullalove-Silveira had a stellar season at the plate, batting a .653 (49-for-75) average with five home runs, five triples, 13 doubles, 43 RBIs, 35 runs scored and 13 stolen bases for the Mustangs, who placed fifth in the PCAL Mission Division with a 3-9 record in league play. 

2024 All-PCAL Softball

Mission Division

Pitcher of the Year

Amelia Martinez, Watsonville

Offensive Player of the Year

Nicole Tapson, Carmel

Defensive Player of the Year

Savannah Hardy, Pacific Grove.

First team

Lily Grundy, Carmel

Allie Hacker, Carmel

Nicole Tapson, Carmel

Ava Mangiapane, Carmel

Malaya Carrillo, King City

Amber Mercado, King City

Lisa Villanueva, King City

Kayla Fullalove-Silveira, Monte Vista Christian

Savannah Hardy, Pacific Grove

Isis Turner, Pacific Grove

Julia Maldonado, Watsonville

Amelia Martinez, Watsonville

Esperanza Sigala, Watsonville

Second team

Ky Dahle, Carmel

Angelina George, Carmel

Chloe Lemaster, Carmel

Aliza Carrillo, King City

Avery Munoz, King City

Raylie Moore, King City

Gia Johnson, MVC

Lili Gaona, Pacific Grove

Alex Giammanco, Pacific Grove

Felicia Houde, Pacific Grove

Hope Yoshiyama, Santa Catalina

Ashley Jimenez, Watsonville

Jillian Lerma, Watsonville

Cameron Llamas, Watsonville

Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship team

Lily Grundy, Carmel

Samantha Franco, Gonzales

Amity Hearne, King City

 Ava Alvarado, MVC

Erin Shoemaker, Pacific Grove 

Layla Borman, Santa Catalina 

Kianna Perreira, Watsonville 

Cypress Division

Offensive Player of the Year

Jordan Smith, Alisal

Pitcher of the Year 

Mikayla Sanchez, Greenfield

Defensive Player of the Year

Jasmin Estrada, Alisal

First team

Jasmine Estrada, Alisal

Nevaeh Lopez, Alisal

Sam Ortiz, Alisal

Jordan Smith, Alisal

Micah Smith, Alisal

Mikayla Sanchez, Greenfield

Kalissa Barrera, Marina

Alyssa Castillo, Rancho San Juan

Hemeria Dela Torre, Pajaro Valley

Kaimi Tulua, Seaside

Alexia Calderon, Soledad

Kassandra Hernandez, Soledad

Desiree Peraza, Trinity

Second team

Aailiyah Ruiz, Alisal

Carmelina Esquivias, Alisal

Zoe Martinez, Anzar

Chloe Zavala, Greenfield

Jayla Navarro, Marina

Cerise Salas, Marina

Sydney Smith, Marina

Olivia Contreras, Pajaro Valley

Andrea Ruano, Rancho San Juan

Norma Tulua, Seaside

Jaylynn Garcia, Soledad

Arlette Mosqueda, Soledad

Delylah Ocampo, Soledad

Isabelle Combs, Trinity

Richard Chamberlin All-Sportsmanship team

Isabella Ramirez, Alisal

Yara Hernandez, Greenfield

Kyra Grantham, Marina

Katie Acosta, Pajaro Valley

Delylah Magdalene, Rancho San Juan

Leveaha Duran, Seaside

Alexia Calderon, Soledad

Verbena Cain, Trinity

Eligie Bellizio Sportsmanship Team 


Gabilan Division

Most Valuable Player 

Mia Phillips, Hollister

Pitcher of the Year

Abi Jones, Salinas

First team

Dani Amendola, Alvarez

Madeline Bermudez, Hollister

Dom Olivera, Hollister

Mia Phillips, Hollister

Denae Lee, Monterey

Ella Myers, Monterey

Aliyah Morgan, North Monterey County

Kalea De Leon, North Salinas

Sophia Cardinale, Notre Dame

Maya Martinez, Notre Dame

Sabrina Hardin, Stevenson

Jessica Cisneros, Salinas

Abi Jones, Salinas

Second team

Michelle Wallace, Alvarez

Johnny Casarez, Hollister

Grace Peffley, Hollister

Ryanna Elliott, Monterey

Taylor Page, Monterey

Johana Alonzo, NMC

Leslie Ruiz, NMC

Kiersten Jara, Notre Dame

Aalyssah Huihui Martinez, Notre Dame

Shailene Riemedio, Notre Dame

Sam Regalado, Salinas

Ava Thompson, Salinas

Claren Wong, Stevenson

Richard Chamberlin Sportsmanship team

Michelle Wallace, Alvarez

Avery Chavez, Hollister

Jenna Deese, Monterey

April Gonzalez, NMC

Iliana Parez, North Salinas

Emma Herrera, Notre Dame

Sam Regalado, Salinas

Claren Wong, Stevenson

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