Thrusted into the limelight as true freshmen last year, three former prep softball standouts are expected to be impactful players this spring for the Sacramento State softball team.
Aliyah Robles jumped into the starting lineup last year as a true freshman, starting 21 games in right field for the Hornets in a pandemic shortened season, recording a five-game hitting streak.
The former Alvarez High slugger compiled three doubles and drove in eight runs, adding a pair of steals. Robles was flawless in the outfield, leading the team with six assists.
Robles pounded the ball as a senior at Alvarez in 2019, hitting .645 with a county high 41 hits. She belted seven homers, earning all-county honors.
Sophomore Nevah Pinon will have her eye on more playing time this fall. Listed as an outfielder, she hit over .400 during her four-year career at Salinas, driving in 71 runs.
Catcher Amber Rodriguez started 17 games last year behind the dish for Sacramento State, hitting .347. She drove in seven runs, walked nine times and compiled a .448 on-base percentage.
After starting her high school career at North County, Rodriguez was a three-time all-leaguer at San Benito, hitting .458 with nine homers and 74 runs batted in over three years.
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