Grand Terrace High School national softball player of the year candidate Melanie Olmos could be a candidate for teenage humanitarian of the year, too. Olmos has been named Sunkist League Pitcher MVP four years while leading her powerful Grand Terrace team to three conference titles in the four year existence of the Titan’s softball program. Some prep ranking services have Grand Terrace ranked among the top ten in the nation. Olmos is hoping to lead the Titans to a CIF championship, something that slipped away last year when they lost 5-4 to La Serna in the southern section championship game.
Olmos likes to talk about the other pitcher on her team, Ysenia Morrison. “I Love sharing the pitching duties with Ysenia. She is just as good as me. Next year, she will be really something.” The two have combined this season for a 26-1 record and 0.39 ERA. Olmos has won over 70 games in four years at GTH. Without ever mentioning her volumes of accomplishments, Olmos transitions onto the topic of helping others. She will prepare further by majoring in child development at the University of Oklahoma, where she will play next year on full scholarship.
Olmos can be seen interacting with low income and homeless people who come to her St. Catherine’s Church in Riverside. When ever she can, she helps provide food and blankets to people. “I wish I could do more. I wish this world could do more,” said Olmos. “They are happy for the smile we give them. I have a roof over my head and I appreciate it. Their situation touches me. They say nothing. It’s real.” Olmos adds that money can not buy talent or championships. She feels that local softball teams are just as good as the more affluent South Orange County teams.
Despite facing adult-sized situations, Olmos did not hide her teenage ambition of winning a southern section high school softball championship. She has won some private titles playing for the Huntington Beach Firecracker 18U travel ball team, but explained that winning at high school level means a lot more. Olmos said travel ball is where you can earn a college scholarship but high school is where you prepare for college.
“Like college, you see the girls on your high school team at school everyday. I see my travel ball team only when we play. Travel ball is more relaxed. High school softball is very competitive.” She did say that having older sisters who played ahead of her has been a help. Brandice Olmos is a junior on the Eastern Michigan University team and Nadine played at Kaiser HS.
Olmos is a three-time All-San Bernardino player and two-time, 1st team All-CIF Division 3 selection. She found out about being picked her school’s 2016 Ken Hubbs Award winner as part of a prank set up by school administrators. She was called into the office where she was led to believe she might be disciplined. “The drama never stopped. They let me sit there. I got confused. Then I was told I won the Hubbs Award. I had no idea what that was. Now I do. It was amazing.”
Olmos played on Grand Terrace’s first ever team in 2013 with Danielle Pico, Marissa Jauregui and Jocelyn Betancourt, who all will also graduate to play on college scholarships. “Colton beat us in our first year for the Sunkist championship. The atmosphere at Colton was crazy and we weren’t used to it. We won the league title the next three years and Colton has not beat us since.” Olmos said she knew that Colton was once a perennial power.
Olmos pointed out that her Grand Terrace HS team is now considered one of the best to play in San Bernardino County. In addition to her senior teammates, many juniors and sophomores have verbally committed to play on scholarship. Eliyah Flores, a junior will join Olmos at Oklahoma. Others who will play at D-1 collages are: Morgan Parsons; Alyssa Graham; Lilly Bishop; and sophomore Alycia Flores.
Before anyone goes to college, they want to win this week at Burbank Burroughs HS in the semifinals and then make a return trip to Deanna Manning Stadium this Saturday (June 4) to play at Colonel Bill Barber Park, Irvine.