Arioto Named to ESPN RISE All-Decade Softball Team

Dec. 2, 2009

BERKELEY - California junior standout utility/pitcher Valerie Arioto was named to the ESPN Rise All-Decade team, announced Monday. She was also placed on the All-State All-Decade Team.

Last season, Arioto, a first-team All-Pac-10 and first team All-Pacific Region selection, also earned third-team NFCA All-American and second-team Easton All-American honors this season doing double duty as a pitcher and playing first base for the Bears. Arioto was the second-leading hitter on the team, posting a .325 average with a .425 on-base percentage.

Arioto ranked among the team's stat leaders last year, as well. She was second in home runs with 10, tied for the lead with 37 RBI, led the team with 41 runs scored, and stole 15 straight stolen bases before being thrown out on her 16th attempt of the season. Arioto posted a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage, not making an error on defense in 244 chances. As a pitcher, she ended the year with a 14-9 record and a 2.40 ERA, capping her season with a complete-game four hitter against the top-rated Florida Gators at the Super Regional in Gainesville, Fla.

The Pleasanton, Calif., native was part of the USA Softball squad that earned the gold medal at the Japan Cup in Sendai City over the summer. The United States squad swept through the tournament, winning all four of their games in the tournament. Arioto had an RBI in the first meeting against Japan, getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to drive in the first run of the game. Arioto also hit a solo home run against Chinese Taipei.

As a prepster at nearby Foothill HS, Arioto was the San Francisco Chronicle Player of the Year as a senior with 12 homers, 47 RBIs and a 23-1 pitching record.

Selection to the RISE All-Decade team is based on high school accomplishments, involvement with the U.S. national team, performances in the Women's College World Series and other criteria. Placement on the All-State All-Decade squad was based on what these players have done after high school, but high school accomplishment was a priority.

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