Softball icon, Sierra Romero, named as all-time collegiate great by ESPN

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Sierra Romero, a 2012 Vista Murrieta High School graduate, is recently voted as a starter on ESPN’s all-time greatest college softball team after her outstanding career at University of Michigan from 2013-2016. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Vista Murrieta High School graduate, Sierra Romero, was recently voted as a starter on ESPN’s all-time greatest college softball team. Romero was selected the top second baseman after her outstanding career at University of Michigan from 2013-2016 where she batted .441 during her career. Her 302 runs scored is an NCAA Division 1 record. Romero ranks fourth in career RBIs (304) and 10th in career homers (82) and is the only player in Division 1 history with at least 300 career hits, 300 career runs and 300 career runs batted in.

Fans had the chance to choose from eight players at each position, including a spot for a right-handed pitcher, a left-handed pitcher and one utility player. ESPN revealed the 11 softball players who won the fans votes recently.

Romero, who graduated from Vista Murrieta in 2012, received 35.27% of the vote, easily outdistancing University of Florida alum Kelsey Stewart at 19.86%. Sara Pickering, who graduated from Corona High School and played at University of Washington from 1994-1997, finished seventh at 5.89% among the second basemen. She holds the NCAA Division 1 record with 91 career doubles.

A handful of other players from southwest Riverside County were nominated including Romero’s younger sister Sydney, who also graduated from Vista Murrieta. Sydney finished second among third basemen where she gathered 23.95% of the fan vote, just behind Auburn University graduate Kasey Cooper with 25.67%. Sydney was a standout at University of Oklahoma from 2016-2019 (320 hits, 229 runs, 213 RBIs in her career).

Rancho Verde High School graduate Kristen Rivera placed sixth in the catcher’s vote with 5.64%. She hit 79 career homers while playing at University of Washington from 2002-2005. Rivera knocked in 223 runs during her career and drew 68 intentional walks. For more information on ESPN’s all-time greatest college softball team, visit http://www.espn.com.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.