East County Sports

Eagles’ Mujica: Tops All-East County ’22






By Adam Paul

EL CAJON (6-4-22) – Another season is in the books for high school softball and quite a season it was as there were some surprises and a couple of grueling league finishes as well.

Just about every team made their respective divisional playoffs with a couple of deep runs including the Granite Hills Eagles who got hot late and would go on to win the Division II CIFSDS Championship for the first time since 2008 as they beat the higher-seeded Poway Titans, 8-4. This season was under a new coach which made the feat even more spectacular.

League-wise, both both Grossmont Conference circuits were exhausting and competitive and in the end, both sides ended up with co-champions: the Grossmont Hills was shared by El Capitan and Helix at 8-2; the Grossmont Valley was a deadlock among Valhalla and West Hills at 7-1.

Player-wise, this player really came up big again for her team and as a sophomore could have had a typical sophomore slump but instead, she once again put up breaking numbers and that player is catcher Sofia Mujica of Granite Hills.

Mujica really came up big again this year as she set the table for her teammates.

As one of the more feared batters in the section, Mujica was walked 31  times and despite that high number which led CIFSDS, she also belted 15 home runs which were only behind the 17 she hit as a freshman. Those 15 homers not only topped East County but also tied for the top in all of San Diego.

Mujica also finished the season with a .469 batting average which was second in the league by 14  points. Mujica kept her momentum going from her freshman campaign and will look to really enter into the San Diego Section CIF record book in her final two seasons — she is currently tied for third (first  in East County) in career home runs with 32.

On the pitching side, this player really stood out as she was the best pitcher in the county and the section, and that is why Sophia Ramuno has earned Pitcher of The Year for the second consecutive season.

On the year, Ramuno finished with a record of 18-6 and an ERA of 1.36 that would see her finish with 257 strikeouts in 165.1 innings. Those numbers were the best not only in the East County, but in the upper echelon of San Diego as well.

One of the big highlights of the season for Ramuno was against El Capitan back in late April when she went over the 500 strikeout plateau. For her career, she finishes with 589 strikeouts which are only second to the 672 by Amy Lopez (1993-96) who set the mark for the Highlanders.

On the coaching side, once again every team was prepared and brought the conference  back to the forefront of the toughest league discussion in San Diego, especially the Hills side. However, in the end, one really stood out and that is why they were tabbed East County Coach of The Year.

First-year coach at Granite Hills, Michelle Miller guided the Eagles thru their grueling season and despite a 4-6 league record and a third-place finish the Eagles pulled off a major victory with about a week to go in the regular season as they defeated Helix by a score of 1-0. That victory really shot the Eagles in the rankings as they would earn the No. 4 seed in Division II. They would use that momentum in the playoffs and despite losing to Helix 2-0 in the playoffs they would come out of the losers bracket and beat the Highlanders in the second game of the semi-finals and go on to beat Poway for the Division II championship. They would then be awarded the top seed in the Regional playoffs where they would finish their season in the semi-finals. Despite that loss, the Eagles would finish a tremendous season at 20-13-1.



Name                                     School                 Yr.
Natalie Emery                         Grossmont             12
Jade Daley                               Grossmont             11
Sophia Ramuno                      Helix                       12
Angel Riggins                          Helix                        11
Sofia Mujica                           Granite Hills            10
Audrey Smale                        Granite Hills             9
Olivia Gigante                       Patrick Henry          12
Kaiah Altmeyer                     Patrick Henry         12
Allyson Moody                      Christian                  11
Kate Manes                           Christian                  12
Kassidy Harper                     Santana                   12
Jordan Beatty                       Santana                   12
Ava Gall                                El Capitan                11
Brooke Horn                       El Capitan               12
Carly Robbins                     Foothills Chr.        12
Cadyn Ruffer                       Valhalla                   11
Maryn Jordan                     Valhalla                   12
Jazmin Williams                 Steele Canyon        11
Abby Curran                        Steele Canyon        12
Taylor Rose                          Granite Hills          12
Alex SchneiderC                 Mount Miguel        12
Rachel Stephens                 Christian                 12
Alyssa Thornton                West Hills                 11
Lily Youngdale                   West Hills                12
Malia Savage                      Patrick Henry          12
Hailey Mulligan                 El Capitan                 12
Mckayla Fish                      Valhalla                     11
Emma Shellstrom             Steele Canyon           12

Name                                     School                 Yr.

Maddie Taylor                    El Capitan                 12
Katelynne Parent               Grossmont                11
Lauren Farace                    Helix                           9
Chloe Knepp                       Granite Hills            12
Haley Oceguera                  Santana                     12
Amber Young                      Helix                          12
Faith Balestreri                   West Hills                 10
Tyler Krystek                      Christian                      9
Emma Romeka                   Foothills Chr.             9
Reece Winchester              Foothills Chr.             9
GabbyWolford                   Foothills Chr.              9
Savannah Sutton                Patrick Henry            12
Allyson Haessly                  Steele Canyon             12
Lucy Sherburne                  Christian                      9
Na’Khia Lee                         Grossmont                   9
Ashley Beard                       Grossmont                   9
Madison Jordan                 Santana                        12
Alyssa Fierro                       El Capitan                    10
Amaya Angeli                      West Hills                    10
Emily Byrd                          West Hills                    10
Lauren Becker                    Grossmont                  10
Kori Jonilonis                     Helix                             12
Kaitlyn Moody                    Christian                       9
Nayeli Chapa                      Valhalla                          11
Hailey Phillips                    Santana                         12
Naomi Kai                          West Hills                      12
Alanna Christiaens           El Capitan                     10
Samantha McHenry         Liberty Charter             9
Julia Peterson                   Liberty CHarter             9




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