Five newcomers join Bakersfield Softball for 2022-23

Bakersfield, California – Five softball student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent or Financial Aid Agreements and registered to attend California State University, Bakersfield. Infielder Ciara Jensen, outfielders Carla Duarte and Jayleen Reeves, pitcher Brianna Sanchez and two-way threat Violet Salazar will all join the Roadrunners ahead of the 2022-23 campaign, the program’s second full season as members of the Big West Conference.

carla duarte | Outfield | junior | Kingsburg, California | Holy Names

Duarte spent the 2022 season at NCAA Division II Holy Names University in Oakland, Calif., playing 34 games and starting 15. She hit .250 on the left side, finishing 12 for 48 with a double and just two outs in the stick. .

Duarte was a CIF star, a three-time All-League selection and two-time Offensive Player of the Year at Kingsburg High School, where she led the Vikings to a CIF Division II Valley Championship. . She was also chosen four times for All-League Academic Pick and honored with the Superintendent’s Honor Roll.

Duarte hit .362 as a four-year college starter at Kingsburg, reaching base at a .398 clip and hitting .437. She finished her career with 121 hits, including 16 for extra bases.

She played club softball for Central California Dirt Dogs for Coaches Russ. Heffley and Scott Gorton.

Duarte is the daughter of Ricardo and Connie Duarte, and has two siblings, Alyssa and Rickey.

ciara jensen | Infield | junior | Canyon Lake, California | North Dakota State

Jensen joins the Roadrunner program after two seasons in the Summit League with North Dakota State, where she appeared in 42 games, making 33 starts and hitting .267 in 105 career batting with the Bison.

Jensen was a starter at second base for NDSU in the 2021 campaign, finishing with a .276 batting average, .364 on-base percentage and .437 hitting percentage to go along with four doubles, two triples and a pair of home runs. . . She scored 14 times and made nine more runs, while walking 12 times and stoking just 18 times.

Jensen was 4-for-5 with a brace, a run and an RBI in the 2021 Summit League tournament, earning all-tournament honors for the Bison.

Jensen was a three-time All-CIF selection as an infielder for Temescal Canyon High School and head coach Ryan Hambright. She hit .521 in her four-year career with 23 doubles, seven triples and six homers, scoring 63 times and making another 66 runs. Jensen was named league MVP as a sophomore.

She is the daughter of Jim and Rachel Jensen and has four sisters, Angelica, Brianna, Danika and Elanna. Angelica and Brianna played college softball at the Division II level. His father played baseball at Fresno City College.

Jensen played club softball for his father as a member of the Strike Force, finishing his 18U career with a .577 average.

Jayleen Reeves | Outfield | Freshman | Fontana, California | Summit Secondary School

The only true freshman in the group, Jayleen Reeves is a former standout at Summit High School in Fontana, Calif., where she played for head coach Brian Lyons. Reeves hit .400 with a .413 on-base percentage and .590 hitting percentage for the Skyhawks.

After hitting .417 as a junior, Reeves hit .391 in his senior season with 10 doubles, two triples and a pair of homers. She was also named the program’s top defensive player after the 2022 campaign.

Jayleen is the daughter of Dion and Margie Reeves and has four siblings, Dion Jr., Tionna, Alesha and Genessa.

Reeves played travel softball for Easton Preps Ventura.

Violet Salazar | Utility | Second year | Chino, California | Chaffey College

Salazar has stood out both ways at Chaffey College over the past two seasons, slashing .428/.491/.670/1.161 with 23 doubles, three triples and six homers in 194 career batting. In the circle, she worked 168.0 career innings with a 2.63 ERA and 143 strikeouts to just 64 walks.

Salazar was 20-for-59 in the COVID-shortened 2020 campaign, doubling four times and tripling once, while scoring nine runs and driving eight. She finished the season with a .339 ERA and .426 on-base percentage, walking six times and hitting once. She also pitched 10 games, totaling 52.1 innings pitched and 36 strikeouts.

After sitting out the 2021 season, Salazar returned in 2022, starting 40 of 41 games and hitting .467, with 19 doubles, two triples and six bombs. She walked 13 times and batted once, reaching base at a clip of .520, while batting .770 and leading the team with 44 runs scored and 34 RBIs.

Salazar was just as hard-hitting in the circle, throwing 115.2 innings and striking out 107, while allowing just 96 hits and posting a 1.76 ERA. She finished the season with a 16-4 record in the circle.

Salzar was a four-year college starter, a four-time All-League selection and two-time conference MVP at Chino Hills High School, where she hit .320 for her career and hit base at a clip of .444, all posting a 1.96 earned run average in the circle.

She is the daughter of Katrina Roldan and has two siblings, Vivian Roldan and Cameron Rodriguez.

Salazar played club softball for the Corona Angels Tyson.

Brianna Sanchez | Pitcher | Senior | West Covina, California | New Mexico

Sanchez has spent the past three seasons in the University of New Mexico circle, throwing 50.1 career innings for the Lobos and posting a 7.93 ERA while appearing in 36 games and making six departures. She picked up one win and one stoppage in her time at UNM.

Sanchez’s best season came in her debut campaign in 2020, when she posted a 4.50 ERA in 32.2 innings pitched, making 16 appearances and starting five times posting a 1-4 overall record, while registering a stoppage and working a full game.

She pitched 7.0 innings to beat Stanford that season, allowing four hits and three walks, while striking out one to earn her first career victory in all-game fashion. Sanchez also faced Missouri, California, Texas in his freshman year on campus.

Sanchez graduated from Bishop Amat Memorial High School in 2029, playing two seasons for the Lancers and throwing to a 3.28 ERA. At plate, she had a career batting average of .444.

Sanchez is the daughter of Will and Margarita Sanchez and has one sibling, Sophia.

She played club ball in the So Cal Athletics organization.


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