ORCUTT, Calif. - A pair of first time award winners were honored Monday at the Northern Santa Barbara County Athletic Round Table.
At its weekly luncheon in Giavanni's Pizza in Orcutt, the Round Table named Saul Ayuso of Santa Maria soccer and Maggie Dasis of Allan Hancock College softball the athletes of the week.
Ayuso was recently named the Saints most valuable player. During the postseason, he helped lead the team to a CIF-Southern Section Division 2 semifinal appearance, and later, a trip to the Southern California Regional Division II championship game.
Taking on Godinez in the Regional title game Saturday, the top ranked team in California, the Saints grabbed an early 1-0 lead, but ultimately fell to the Grizzlies 3-1. Despite the outcome of the game, it was furthest the program has ever advanced in the state playoffs.
"I want to thank all my teammates and coaches for pushing me hard in practice and it was a good year and hopefully, they'll do good next year," said Ayuso.
Dasis, a graduate of Righetti High School, captured the award after helping to lead the Bulldogs to wins in all three of its games last week.
The sophomore infielder knocked in eight runs in victories over Ventura and Oxnard. With the wins, the Bulldogs have moved into a first-place tie in the Western State Conference North Division with Oxnard.
"I'm not one that has to be recognized to be able to show off and put in hard work and stuff. I'm kind of a humble person when it comes to putting in hard work and being recognized, but it means a lot," said Dasis.
On Tuesday, Hancock will host county rival Santa Barbara City College in a doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for noon. Game two will start at 2 p.m.