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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Penna, a junior first baseman and repeat Dream Team selection, helped anchor the young Sea Kings. She was expected to be a pitcher before the season before tearing her labrum, but Penna shined defensively at first base. Penna, a second-team All-Pacific Coast League selection, also led CdM with a .412 batting average in league play, including a pair of doubles.

Maria Diaz

Costa Mesa

The Mustangs' starting center fielder, a senior and first-team All-Orange Coast League selection, was a leader both on and off the field. On the field the speedy Diaz led Mesa with a .517 batting average. She scored 17 runs, tying for the team lead, and led Mesa with nine stolen bases as well. Off the field, Orduna said Diaz also set a good example for her teammates. She had over a 4.5 grade-point average and will be attending Brown University for academics in the fall. This is her first Dream Team selection.

Lauren Gandi

Newport Harbor

Gandi, a senior and another four-year varsity player for the Sailors, excelled at shortstop. "Her glove saved a lot of runs for us," Hartman wrote in an email of Gandi, who also batted at the top of the lineup. She was second on Newport Harbor with a .303 batting average, was second in RBIs (nine) and tied for second with 11 runs scored. Gandi is a repeat Dream Team selection and will play next year at Whittier College.

Bryanna Vernon


Vernon, a junior catcher, continuously tried to get better. Lester said she didn't miss a practice or game all season, and defensively, Vernon also got better and better at her pickoff move. She also was a reliable bat, hitting .429, second on Estancia, and was third on the team with 20 RBIs. Vernon earned second-team All-Orange Coast League laurels and is a two-time Dream Team selection.

Zoey Myers

Newport Harbor

Myers, a sophomore catcher and first baseman, was a second-year varsity player for Newport Harbor. As catcher, she had quite a rapport with Marshall and knew how to call a game. Offensively, she batted just .129, but she had several clutch hits for Newport Harbor. This is the first Dream Team selection for Myers.