They started fast by winning their first 11 games of the year, including the Costa Mesa tournament.
They ended strong in one of the toughest softball leagues around, battling first Edison then Fountain Valley to scoreless ties deep into the game before finally succumbing.
A main reason why the Newport Harbor High softball team was in those Sunset League games, in most of its games this year, was because of the player in the circle.
Hattie Marshall was not only her team's best pitcher, but pretty much the Sailors' only pitcher. She also was her team's best hitter.
Marshall, a junior, is the pick for 2012 Newport-Mesa Player of the Year in softball.
"Offensively, I think she led us in every category other than runs and stolen bases," Sailors Coach Russell Hartman said. "She did everything. She led in batting average (.422), RBIs (26), doubles (five), triples (four) and home runs (six). And that's not even counting what she did for us in the circle. She was pretty impressive this year."