All-State honoree

Laughlin High School sophomore third baseman Savannah Santillano earned a spot on the second team of the NIAA 2A Softball All-State team.  This season, she hit .358 with four doubles and scored 17 runs.


LAUGHLIN — Laughlin High School sophomore third baseman Savannah Santillano earned a spot on the second team of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association 2A Softball All-State Team. 

She and three teammates also earned All-Southern League recognition.

“These young ladies are very deserving of the recognition they received,” head coach Aaron Schellie said. “They showed up and worked hard each and every day.”

Junior pitcher Samantha Sarinana earned a spot in the All-Southern League first team, as did Santillano.

“Savannah moved from first to third this year, and made the transition very smoothly,” Schellie said. “She had a great season both offensively and defensively. Sam was asked to carry the load for us on the mound, and she did a great job.”

Santillano batted .358 this season with four doubles and scored 17 runs.  

Sarinana pitched in 16 games this season and struck out 49 batters. She hit .343 with five doubles, a home run and 17 runs scored.

Named to the All-Southern League second team were senior Jasmine Donnett and freshman Riley Perry.

Donnett was this year’s leadoff hitter and batted .393. She had two doubles and scored 25 times.  Perry hit .333 and scored a total of 12 runs.

“Jasmine moved from shortstop to catcher this season and did a tremendous job behind the plate for us,” Schellie said. “Riley stepped right into the shortstop position as a freshman and never looked back. She consistently improved throughout the season.”

Schellie has 11 varsity players expected to return next season.

The Lady Cougars finished their 2019 season at 11-17 overall and 5-7 in the Southern League. 

They qualified for the league playoffs after making it past Lake Mead Academy in what turned into a best-of-three series at home. 

However, losses to Needles and The Meadows School ended the Cougars’ state playoff chances.

Since Schellie has taken over as head coach, the Laughlin softball program has reached the league playoffs every year.

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