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EU will retire Arevalo’s No. 25 jersey tonight

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POSTED May 18, 2014 8:57 p.m.

East Union High will have a special guest for its spring sports awards social tonight.

Former Lancer softball great Erin Arevalo will be at Dalben Center to have her old No. 25 retired. The ceremony will take place after the sports social, which begins at 6.

Arevalo’s jersey number is the second one to be retired this year. Over the winter, Gary Kron — the school’s all-time scoring leader for boys basketball — had his jersey retired. Only three others have had the honor, including Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks and Cal Poly Pomona women’s head coach Danelle (Liles) Bishop.

“Basically, you need to be super-human and do something super special, right?” East Union softball coach Brian Goulart said. “So I went to Mr. (J.J.) Ramirez our athletic director and Principal (John) Alba and said, ‘What about one of the best pitchers on the planet?’

“They looked at what she’s accomplished and went, ‘Wow.’ It was unanimous. She’s the best softball player we’ve had in the area, let alone our school.”

Arevalo was a four-year standout at East Union (2005-08) and was named the Valley Oak League and Manteca Bulletin’s All-Area MVP all four years. She led the Lancers to two VOL titles and two Sac-Joaquin Section Division IV final-round appearances. In her senior year, she was selected to the Cal-Hi Sports All-State First team and EA Sports Second-Team All-America. She wrapped up her East Union career as one of the top five all-time strikeout leaders in California.

Arevalo went on to play for the University of Georgia. As a true freshman in 2009, she pitched in relief and earned the win against Washington in what was Georgia’s first appearance in the Women’s College World Series. She helped the Bulldogs back to the WCWS the following year. In her senior year, Arevalo earned ace status and was selected to the National Fastpitch Coaches All-America Third Team after leading Georgia to the NCAA Super Regionals.

Arevalo’s senior campaign (27-9, 1.40 ERA, 270 strikeouts in 245 innings) ranks as one of the all-time best in Georgia history for pitchers, and she cracked the program’s top five in many single-season and career categories.

Arevalo played professionally for the Akron Racers last year.

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