Amador Valley softball named mythical national champion

After finishing the season a perfect 27-0, Amador Valley High’s softball team has earned a mythical national championship by MaxPreps.com.

Led by a stellar senior class, the Dons won the North Coast Section Division I title for the second time in four years. Their national recognition grew after winning the prestigious Michelle Carew Classic against some of Southern California’s top teams in early April.

Amador Valley beat out unbeaten North Carolina state champion Alexander Central for the top national ranking.

Dons pitcher Johanna Grauer has also been piling up the awards. Besides being a finalist for MaxPrep.com’s national player of the year, she was recently named Ms. Softball state player of the year by Cal-Hi Sports. Grauer is just the second East Bay player to be named Ms. Softball, joining Freedom’s Amanda Williams (2006).

Our All-East Bay softball selections will be published in tomorrow’s paper. Will Amador Valley have a few more honors to add?

Stephanie Hammon

  • EBAL fan

    Congratulations to the Dons and their staff. Although subjective as any “national” poll has to be, they had a magical season and deserve accolades galore. Now that Grauer is moving on to UCLA, and Granada certainly proved their worth, it’ll be wide open in the EBAL for next year. It may be a few years, however, before a pre-season P hype exists on the level of 2014. Disappointing the Cal pitcher got hurt as she carried that team for three years. Once she went down, the anticipated four year wait for AV vs Cal for NCS went with her. The Grizzly coaching debacle/players bowing out/no offense, resulted in a mid-season drought, with no chance to get above .500 when their star returned. Maybe the new principal will bring back Thorson.