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RHS Infielder Named To All-Sac-Joaquin Section Softball Team
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Lady Bruin Maya Guzman handles her position at shortstop as an infielder in the last softball home game of the season this year, closing out her freshman campaign on the home diamond. Riverbank hosted LeGrand from Merced County in May, winning the semifinal playoff and going on to the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship in Sacramento. Ric McGinnis/The News

Riverbank High School’s softball shortstop has been named to the 2023 All-Sac-Joaquin Section Softball Team.

RHS freshman Maya Guzman – who will be a sophomore when school resumes in August – was tapped for the MaxPreps recognition.

Last week, the organization named its all-section players for each class, with Guzman honored as a member of the Class of 2026.

MaxPreps is an on-line sports reporting organization that is a division of CBS Sports.

They named several dozen players as members of their all-section softball team. A total of 27 players were chosen from both the Class of 2023 and ‘24, along with a smaller number of players from the classes of 2025 and ‘26.

MaxPreps reports that “the selection process was based on individual performance during section play, with regional play not being considered. An emphasis was placed on team success. Additionally, league and strength of schedule were taken into account. These selections were based only on high school results.”

Riverbank High placed second in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division 6 postseason bracket, losing to Summerville at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, on May 20. The Lady Bruins won both quarterfinal and semifinal games played at home earlier that week.

The organization noted that Guzman “finished with 17 hits over her past eight games which brought her average to .500 for the Division 6 runner-up.”

Her season team statistics were impressive, with Guzman ranking first or second in many of the categories.

Her .500 batting average for the season means she got a hit in half of her plate appearances, with an on-base percentage of .586. Her sister Mahalia, a senior this coming year, ranked second with a batting average of .414.

Guzman hit three home runs this past season for first place, with her sister tying for second with two homers. She also recorded 25 stolen bases for the season, and she scored 34 runs and notched 36 hits.

She placed second with a fielding percentage of .962, behind catcher Denise Vargas.

Guzman netted 21 RBI (Runs Batted In), registering a slugging percentage of .861. She was second with doubles hit, nine, just behind her sister, who had 10. She also had four triples.

Riverbank posted an overall season record of 13-8-2, and a Trans-Valley League mark of 8-2, placing second in the TVL.

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RHS softball shortstop Maya Guzman shows her stuff in the last home game of the 2023 season back in May. This was one of the hits that contributed to her .500 batting average. An on-line sports reporting organization, MaxPreps, a division of CBS Sports, has named her to the all-section team this year. In addition to the batting average, she led the team in home runs and stolen bases, as well as scoring 34 runs and rapping out 36 hits on the season. Ric McGinnis/The News