Apr 29, 2013 8:17 PM by Andrew Masuda

Righetti's Chenault, Hancock's Gonzalez named Athletes of the Week

One of the area's most dominant pitchers and one of the most pure hitters were recognized on Monday by the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Roundtable in Orcutt.

Righetti High softball pitcher Katie Chenault earned Female Athlete of the Week honors. She struck out 7 in 5 innings of 1-hit ball last Tuesday in a 19-0 win over Arroyo Grande. Chenault followed that with a 2-hit shutout and 10 strikeouts in a 2-0 win over rival St.Joseph. Chenault has helped Righetti to a 9-0 start in Pac 7 play and at least a share of the program's first league title since 2009.

This was Chenault's second AOW award of the season. "I feel like I deserved it because I put in the time and the effort to get it. I didn't think I was going to get it to be honest. I thought one of the Allan Hancock girls was going to get it. But I was very surprised," admitted Chenault.

Katie is 17-5 with 12 complete games and 6 shutouts this season. In 126 2/3 innings pitched she has 206 strikeouts and an 1.22 ERA. She is also hitting .317 with 3 home runs and 17 RBI at the plate.

Allan Hancock College star Felipe Gonzalez was named Male Athlete of the Week. The Santa Ynez High graduate was not present to accept the certificate. He went 6 for 10 with 4 RBI in two Bulldog wins over Ventura last week. The left-handed hitter finished the season hitting .351 with a Western State Conference-leading 35 RBI and 2 home runs.



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