The 2024 season in the Southwestern League (SWL) was thrilling and competitive, showcasing some of the top high school softball talents in the region. Teams from Murrieta Mesa, Great Oak, Vista Murrieta, Murrieta Valley, Chaparral, and Temecula Valley competed fiercely, each striving for excellence. From impressive league titles to commendable postseason runs, the league’s dynamics were nothing short of exciting.

Murrieta Mesa’s Taelyn Holley was named the Southwestern League MVP for the 2024 season. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

Murrieta Mesa Rams clinched their fourth consecutive Southwestern league title this past season, finishing with an impressive 14-1 record in league play. Their only stumble came in a 19-13 shootout loss to Vista Murrieta. Murrieta Mesa represented the Division 1 brackets in the CIF Southern Section postseason, where they showcased their strength by beating Chino Hills 10-0 in the first round and Huntington Beach 12-0 in the quarterfinals. However, their journey ended in the semifinals when they couldn’t match the strength of Orange Lutheran, falling 13-1. The Rams concluded a remarkable season with an overall 25-4 record.

Great Oak finished second in the league with an 11-4 record and an overall season tally of 15-10-1. The Wolfpack had a notable run in the CIF Southern Section, winning their play-in game against Torrance 7-2 and defeating Norco 3-1 in the first round. Their postseason journey concluded in the quarterfinals with a 2-0 loss to Jserra.

Great Oak’s Miali Guachino was named the Southwestern League Pitcher of the Year for the 2024 season. Valley News/Time Stood Still Photography

The Vista Murrieta Broncos had a solid season with a 9-4 record in league play and a 13-11 overall record. They earned a spot in the Division 1 CIF Southern Section postseason but were halted in the play-in round by South Hills, falling 8-2.

Murrieta Valley secured fourth place in the league with a 6-8 record, demonstrating resilience and competitive spirit throughout the season. The Chaparral Pumas finished with a 3-11 league record, showing potential for future growth and development and Temecula Valley faced a challenging season, ending winless in league play with an 0-15 record. Despite the tough outcomes, the team’s efforts and determination were evident.

The SWL recognized outstanding individual performances throughout the season, which includes:

MVP: Taelyn Holley (11th grade, Murrieta Mesa HS)

Pitcher of the Year: Miali Guachino (12th grade, Great Oak HS)

First Team Softball

Kylee Espinoza (11th grade, Vista Murrieta HS)

Aryanna Gonzales (12th grade, Vista Murrieta HS)

Avery DePauw (10th grade, Temecula Valley HS)

Keira Beierly (10th grade, Chaparral HS)

Victoria Prado (12th grade, Murrieta Mesa HS)

Lilly Hauser (10th grade, Murrieta Mesa HS)

Paige Bambarger (12th grade, Murrieta Mesa HS)

Madison Lardizabal (12th grade, Murrieta Mesa HS)

Evun Seeforth (11th grade, Murrieta Valley HS)

Channing Hubby (12th grade, Murrieta Valley HS)

Samantha Young (12th grade, Great Oak HS)

Audrey Newell (12th grade, Great Oak HS)

Second Team Softball

Nadia Rountree (12th grade, Vista Murrieta HS)

Mia Powell (11th grade, Vista Murrieta HS)

Harley Maire (12th grade, Temecula Valley HS)

Jaycee Branson (10th grade, Temecula Valley HS)

Trista Clarke (12th grade, Chaparral HS)

Julianna Torres (12th grade, Chaparral HS)

Kanani Elderts (9th grade, Great Oak HS)

Chloe Koenigshofer (9th grade, Great Oak HS)

Kenzie Farrier (11th grade, Murrieta Mesa HS)

Macy Clark (9th grade, Murrieta Mesa HS)

Aubrey Morrow (12th grade, Murrieta Valley HS)

Charlotte Thayer (9th grade, Murrieta Valley HS)

The 2024 Southwestern League softball season highlighted the exceptional talents of many young athletes. Their dedication and hard work have not only brought pride to their respective schools but also set a high standard for future seasons.

Info provided by each head coach from the Southwestern League but approved overall by the athletic director from the first-place team. If a name is improperly spelled, submit info and updates to sports@reedermedia.com.

JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.