DAVIS, Calif. - Aly Gomonet, Alyse Rojas, Riley Siegel, Shelby Soares and Brooke Yanez each signed National Letters of Intent during the fall window to become the newest members of UC Davis softball, as announced by head coach Erin Thorpe on Friday.
Shelby Soares, a two-time All-Sierra Foothill first team selection, played a key role in the success earned by Granite Bay High School throughout her time with the program. As the team’s starting shortstop, she batted .343, .379, and recorded fielding percentages of .870 and .888 in her last two seasons with the Grizzlies.
Since 2011, Soares has worked with the National Charity League, a philanthropic organization committed to community service and leadership development. Agencies for disadvantaged children, food pantries, children’s hospitals, women’s health initiatives and military veterans organizations are a handful of non-profit community partners the League works with each year.
Outside of her high school and NCL responsibilities, Soares also competes for Sorcerer Softball.
Gomonet, a Salinas native, earned her inaugural first team all-league selection for leading Notre Dame High School to a 19-9-1 record last season. The Monterey Country Herald’s Most Valuable Player batted .523, recorded 31 runs, 57 hits, eight doubles and six triples — all team-highs — in her first season as the team’s starting shortstop.
During her first two seasons with the Spirits, Gomonet played at third base, hit .273 and .384, and finished with 21 and 33 hits respectively, which led to all-league second team honors each year.
The Californian Player of the Year also spent the last five years on the Salinas Storm’s roster.
Entering her senior season at Sir Francis Drake High School, no player has hit more career home runs than Siegel. Her versatile skill set — she caught and played infield since joining the team as a sophomore — helped her earn multiple Most Valuable Player awards and All-Marin County Athletic League acclaim.
Siegel is equally as successful in the classroom; the CIF Scholar-Athlete and CIF Distinguish Scholastic Team selection is a regular member of her school’s academic Honor Crew thanks to her 4.0 GPA.
As is the case with her future Aggie teammate, Rojas, Siegel plays club softball for the All American Sports Academy.
Rojas, a local standout, is a key reason why Vacaville High School has won two Monticello Empire League titles in the last three seasons and enjoyed deep playoff runs each year.
As a freshman, Rojas hit .516, received all-league first team and Rookie of the Year awards from MaxPreps shortly after the Bulldogs ended their season with a Sac-Joaquin Section championship.
The following year, the Monticello Empire League bestowed Offensive Player of the Year and all-league first team accolades to Rojas for leading her team to another 20-win campaign. In 2015, she also raised her batting average and on-base percentage to .589 and .600 respectively.
In addition to posting a .554 average and .586 on-base pct. last year, Rojas received all three major awards when league coaches and officials announced their honor roll: All-MEL first team, MVP and Offensive Player of the Year.
FloSoftball ranked AASA, her current club team, No. 3 in the nation. Before she joined that organization, her previous club team (Sorcerer Softball) finished third and seventh at PGF tournaments.
Brooke Yanez, and her Buena High School teammates, will defend their Channel League title when the team returns to action next year. Whether she’s in the circle, or playing first base, Yanez is the primary reason why the Bulldogs are now the team to beat in the Channel League.
As a junior, the left-hander recorded 163 strikeouts throughout 105 innings, posted a 1.60 ERA in addition to a .316 batting average. These figures helped Yanez earn all-league first team recognition for the third time in as many seasons, her second Team MVP award and All-County first team honors from the Ventura Star.
In the Best of the West Tournament, Yanez pitched a no hitter and shutout on the same day; in those two games, she struck out 29 batters combined.
In her first season at BHS, she fanned 100 batters in 88 innings; the following year, those numbers increased to 106 strikeouts in 93 innings. As a sophomore, she also hit. .361, a career-high figure.
Ranked No. 104 by FloSoftball in its 2017 class, Yanez has competed for the So Cal Choppers since the eighth grade. With her in the circle, the Choppers finished third at PGF nationals; she pitched a total of 51 innings during her team’s semifinal run.
During her sophomore season, her club team finished the PGF Shootout as its champion, which led to a No. 89 ranking for Yanez on FloSoftball’s top 100 list.
Of the 419 students in Buena High School’s 2017 class, Yanez is ranked No. 84 with a 3.5 GPA.
Visit UCDavisAggies.com throughout the month of December to find out which teams UC Davis will face this season. Softball fans can follow the Aggies on Instagram at @UCDavisSoftball, on Facebook by searching the phrase “UC Davis Softball,” or on Twitter at @UCDavisSB.
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