It isn't often the description "five-tool player" is applied in softball. But it isn't often a player like Jazmyn Jackson comes along.
Jackson, the Archbishop Mitty senior shortstop, was simply in a class by herself. She displayed all the attributes of a five-tool player -- hitting for average, hitting for power, fielding, throwing and running.
"If there's anything she can't do, I haven't figured it out yet," Mitty coach Brian Yocke said.
With that rare combination of power and speed, Jackson batted .538 to help the Monarchs to a Central Coast Section Division II championship. She had 14 doubles, seven triples, eight home runs and 44 runs scored. She also had 19 stolen bases in 20 attempts, a total that could have been considerably higher.
"The only thing holding her back was me," Yocke said. "She could've stolen every time she was on first base, probably every time she was on second, too."
Jackson was a clear choice for Mercury News softball player of the year. That makes it two years in a row as she was also named player of the year as a junior.
For all Jackson's individual talent, Yocke reserves his highest praise for her as a team player.
The Monarchs went 113-7 and won three CCS titles in Jackson's four years, which were also Yocke's first four years as head coach. They missed out on a CCS title her junior year, which made her final game as a senior, a 7-4 win over Pioneer for the Division II championship, all the more special. She hit a grounder past second base that she legged into a double in her final at-bat.
"It was an amazing feeling, an awesome experience," Jackson said. "It was the best thing I could ask for."
Jackson will continue her softball career at Cal.
"Softball never stops,'' said Jackson, who is playing this summer with the Corona Angels, a premier club team headquartered in Southern California. "I want to make it to the College World Series and hopefully win a national championship.''
Favorite memories over her four years at Mitty?
"There are so many," Jackson said. "The dogpile after every win. Just being with my team ... Probably my freshman year when I had to sing in front of the whole team."
Yocke, the first-year coach, was also asked to sing.
"It was just a fun thing," Jackson said. "We had him dress up (bright red wig) and sing, 'All I do is win."
Certainly the case for Mitty with Jackson on hand.
Marialena Ahern, SS, Los Altos, senior
The SCVAL De Anza Division MVP batted .488 with 12 doubles, two triples and two home runs. She drove in 29 runs and scored 24.
Danielle Bowers, OF, Archbishop Mitty, junior
In addition to playing outstanding defense in right field, Bowers hit .433 with 12 doubles, five triples, four home runs and 40 RBIs.
Harlee Donovan, C, Half Moon Bay, senior
The PAL Bay Division player of the year batted .468 and had 15 extra-base hits, helping the Cougars to the CCS Division III semifinals.
MacKenzie Drake, SS, Pioneer, sophomore
The BVAL Mt. Hamilton sophomore of the year batted .511 at the top of the Pioneer batting order with 15 doubles and three home runs.
Rebecca Faulkner, P, Carlmont, senior
The PAL Bay Division pitcher of the year went 19-1 with a 1.18 ERA in leading the Scots to a CCS Division I championship. She also batted .424 with 40 RBIs.
Brynne Fitzpatrick, P, Valley Christian, junior
The WCAL pitcher of the year went 21-7 with a 0.60 ERA and struck out 381 in 186 innings. She also batted .348.
Holly Geranen, P, Leland, senior
The BVAL Mt. Hamilton Division MVP went 21-3 with a 1.09 ERA and also batted .466 with 11 doubles and six home runs.
Jazmyn Jackson, SS, Archbishop Mitty, senior
The Mercury News player of the year batted .538 with 44 runs scored, 29 extra-base hits and 19 stolen bases.
Alexandra Luna, C, Pioneer, junior
The BVAL Mt. Hamilton junior of the year went 5 of 6 with six walks in three playoff games and batted .476 on the season with 10 doubles and five homers.
Noa Yakir, 3B, Homestead, junior
The De Anza Division offensive MVP, a two-time all-Mercury News selection, batted .520 with 12 doubles, nine home runs and 43 RBIs.
Holly Azevedo, P, Pioneer, freshman
Lizzy Beutter, P, Los Altos, sophomore
Ally Kido, OF, Leland,
Missy Martinek, 3B/OF, Santa Teresa, junior
Eryn McCoy, P, Hillsdale, sophomore
Gabriella Pons, 1B, Carlmont, senior
Amanda Ramirez, P, Wilcox, junior
Emily Randall, SS,
Mt. Pleasant, sophomore
Desiree Severance, P/1B, Archbishop Mitty, junior
Lorena Ukanwa, P, Presentation, junior
Anissa Bonilla, Archbishop Mitty; Maia Borovina, Terra Nova; Cassidy Brown, Westmont; Lindsey Calcany-Blair, Leland; Andrea Canela, Piedmont Hills; Ashley Campos, Santa Clara; Iris Chin, Gunn; Kelsey Ching, Carlmont; Sara Cisneros, Mills; Madeline Colombo, Los Gatos; Alexis Corini, Valley Christian; Emily Cotla, South San Francisco; Jordan Dawkins, Valley Christian; Abbey Donovan, Half Moon Bay; Natalie Dorsey, Branham; Amelia Dunn, Los Gatos; Alison Fanton, Mountain View; Sophia Fanucchi, Woodside; Shaye Felix, Milpitas; Jessica Flohr, Crystal Springs Uplands; Nicolette Fregoso, Evergreen Valley; Victoria Guzman, Lincoln; Grace Hargadon, Presentation; Bailey Heit, Pinewood; Regan Heslop, St. Francis; Marcella Kay, Valley Christian; Danica Kazakoff, Notre Dame-Belmont; Reanna Lancaster, Mountain View; Breanna Ledesma, Wilcox; Kallista Leonardos, Half Moon Bay; Morgan Martinelli, Sobrato; Sharona Mataele, Hillsdale; Monica McCarthy, Monta Vista; Kris McIntyre, The King's Academy; Lindsey Mifsud, Notre Dame-Belmont; Sabrina Miller, Mercy-Burlingame; Rachel Norman, Milpitas; Christina Patton, Woodside; Jasmine Pedroza, Los Altos; Frankie Perales, Willow Glen; Meagan Perron, Sobrato; Christy Peterson, Carlmont; Jacey Phipps, Carlmont; Morgan Ratliff, Wilcox; Gwyneth Savella-Dye, Milpitas; Kaitlyn Schiffhauer, Los Altos; Damari Simon, Evergreen Valley; Tivoli Sisco, Saratoga; Eleni Spirakis, Saratoga; Lusi Stanley, Mills; Allie Stines, Capuchino; Hera Tang, Saratoga; Hailey Thompson, Wilcox; Gina Titus, San Mateo; Emma Wager, Gunn; Meagan Wells, Hillsdale; Haley Wymbs, Archbishop Mitty; Gabriella Zucchiatti, Mills.
Coach of the year: Jim Liggett, Carlmont.