Newport Harbor High's Hattie Marshall, bound for Concordia University, is the Daily Pilot Softball Dream Team Player of the Year. (KEVIN CHANG, Daily Pilot / April 18, 2013)

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Reynolds, a senior first baseman better known as "Ray," was undoubtedly a leader for the Eagles. The first-team All-Orange Coast League selection led Estancia in most offensive categories like batting average (.523), home runs (seven) and runs batted in (30). She also led Newport-Mesa players in all three categories, adding seven triples and a .635 on-base percentage. Reynolds, who will play next year at Orange Coast College, helped Estancia (12-11, 5-5 in league) finish tied for third in league, making its first postseason appearance in four years. She also provided strength after her mother passed away on March 2, coming back and playing in a game for Estancia later that day. Reynolds is a three-time Dream Team selection.

Sydney McKeown

Corona del Mar

Coach Carly Smith said that McKeown, a lefty pitcher and outfielder, "never gave up, even when the odds were against her." She would normally play center field, but the Sea Kings needed her as their primary pitcher. Her pitching stats were unavailable, but she was a leader all year for CdM (1-21, 0-10 in league). McKeown, CdM's lone first-team All-Pacific Coast League honoree, also was second on the team in league with a .368 batting average. This is her first Dream Team selection.

Nicki Delgado

Costa Mesa

Delgado, a senior, was the Mustangs' starting pitcher and a team captain for two years. She was a workhorse in her senior year, as Coach Heather Orduna said Delgado pitched every inning of every game, except for a three-inning stint at third base. Delgado, a first-team All-Orange Coast League selection, helped drive the Mustangs (4-16, 2-8 in league) with her work ethic. She also was reliable as a cleanup hitter, as she was third on the Mustangs with a .381 batting average, drove in a team-best 20 runs and added a team-best 10 doubles. This is her first Dream Team selection.

Breanna Lopez

Newport Harbor

A third baseman and outfielder, Lopez sparked the Sailors. The four-year varsity player's aggressive style of play benefited Newport Harbor, as she led the team in runs scored (16) and stolen bases (nine). She also batted .288, which was third on the team, and added a pair of home runs. Lopez, a second-team All-Sunset League selection, also is a repeat Dream Team selection.

Kelly Hinkle


Hinkle improved a lot as a pitcher in her second year on the job for the Eagles. The junior, who was a first-team All-Orange Coast League selection, pitched every game, finishing 12-11 with a 4.79 earned-run average. She also was a leader offensively, batting .382 with 19 RBIs. She also had a team-best 10 doubles. Coach Carrie Lester praised Hinkle's work ethic, and her communication with the rest of the team. This is her first Dream Team selection.

Amanda Penna

Corona del Mar