Softball All League
ALL LEAGUE GIRLS From left, the four members of the Healdsburg Greyhounds softball team selected to the NBL All League roster: Claire Berry, Ashley Jenkins, Celia Vallatton and Izzy Osborn.

Four of Healdsburg High’s softball team were named to the NBL All League roster. First team selections were Claire Berry at first base and Izzy Osborn at second; second team members included centerfielder Celia Vallatton and Ashley Jenkins at third base. The pitching battery of senior Laurel Heaney and catcher Mia Falberg earned honorable mention in the league’s listings as well.

Softball swing
WATCHING IT GO Claire Berry, the Greyhounds’ top hitter with a .359 average, was a first-team NBL Redwood All League selection.

Berry (who wears No. 11), though only a sophomore, is a multi-sport athlete—she was on the varsity basketball team earlier this year and played on the girls tennis team as well. She hit for a team-leading .359 average and slugging percentage of .765 including three home runs and 25 RBIs, and was starting pitcher in five games along with her first-base duties.

Izzy Osborn (No. 12), another sophomore, was a foundational infielder making only a single error in 20 games, and a reliable baserunner herself. She ranked first in on-base-percentage of .457, stole eight bases and scored 21 times.

Center fielder Celia Vallatton (No. 33) and Ashley Jenkins (No. 13) at third base were named to the NBL Redwood second team. Switch-hitter Vallatton, a junior, brought a .429 on-base-percentage to the lineup, drawing 20 walks and always seeming to be on base when it counted.

Softball second base play
GOOD FORM Second-base player Izzy Osborn gets in front of a grounder and waits for it, following her coach’s instructions.

Jenkins, another sophomore on the young Greyhounds softball roster, held down the hot spot at third through a demanding season. She, too, demonstrated great baserunning sense, especially down the stretch en route to the playoffs.

The team’s lead battery, the pitcher and catcher combination, received Honorable Mention for two seniors on the squad. Starting pitcher Laurel Heaney was a workhorse, pitching most of the innings over the long season, ending with 84 strikeouts and an 8-8 record. Mia Falberg was there the whole way, catching all 22 games with a sure hand and poise.

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