Tufi, Ferntheil honored

West's Pauline Tufi and Service's Zach Ferntheil were both dominating as pitchers and hitters for their respective teams this season, and both were recognized for their efforts.

Tufi was named Gatorade Alaska Softball Player of the Year and Ferntheil is the Gatorade Alaska Baseball Player of the Year.

In addition to accumulating a 6-3 pitching record in 82 innings (1.25 ERA and 105 strikeouts), the 5-foot-10, right-handed Tufi played shortstop and catcher for the Eagles. She batted .500 with six home runs, 30 RBIs and a .987 slugging percentage, helping West finish runner-up in the state high school softball tournament.

Ferntheil, a 6-foot right-hander, was 3-0 on the mound and picked up two saves prior to the start of the state high school baseball tournament, where the Cougars reached the semifinals. Ferntheil's 1.12 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 18 2/3 innings went nicely with his .423 batting average and 1.014 OPS.