Area high school softball players make TSWA All-State

July 15, 2018

Five area high school softball players were named to the Texas Sports Writers Association’s All-State first team.

New Braunfels Canyon’s Brooke Vestal and Aliyah Pritchett and Johnson’s Kailey Brown made it on the Class 6A squad. D’Hanis’ Chloe Cowan and Samantha Sauceda made the Class A team. The teams were selected by TSWA members based on nominations from coaches and media from around the state.

Vestal, a pitcher who will be a freshman in the fall for national power Oklahoma and was the Express-News player of the year, finished this past season with a 16-2 record, a 0.89 earned-run average and 128 strikeouts in 86 2/3 innings. She batted .471 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs for the Cougarettes, who advanced to the 6A state final before losing to Humble Atascocita.

Pritchett, a pitcher-third baseman who will be a senior in the fall at Canyon, batted .494 with nine doubles, eight home runs and 46 RBIs. A Baylor commit who made the All-Area Super Team, she was 9-0 in the circle with a 0.56 ERA and 126 strikeouts in 71 1/3 innings.

Brown, a pitcher-first baseman who will be a senior at Johnson in the fall, was 15-1 in the circle with a 0.70 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 79 innings. A Belmont commit, she batted .575 with seven home runs, 16 doubles and 44 RBIs.

Cowan, who will be a senior next season at D’Hanis, batted .416 with 23 stolen bases, while Sauceda batted .394 with 16 stolen bases as the Cowgirls advanced to the UIL Class A state tournament before falling in the semifinals to eventual champion Slocum.

TSWA All-State softball teams

LONGVIEW - Listed are the 2018 Collin Street Baker/Texas Sports Writers Association All-State softball teams. Teams were selected by TSWA members based on nominations from coaches and sports writers from around the state.

Class 6A

Player of the Year: Georgia Clark, Stratford

Coach of the Year: Ashley Boyd, Humble Atascocita


Pitcher: Brooke Vestel, New Braunfels Canyon; Rachel Hertenberger, Alvin; Saleen Donohoe, Duncanville

Catcher: Sophie Wideman, Waco Midway

First base: Courtney Plochek, Deer Park

Second base: Katie Cimusz, Humble Atascocita

Third base: Aliyah Pritchett, New Braunfels Canyon

Shortstop: Georgia Clark, Stratford

Outfield: Idalis Mendez, El Paso Eldorado; Bella Dayton, Wylie; Kaylee Buck, Pearland

Utility: Kailey Brown, Johnson


Pitcher: Courtney Day, Pearland Dawson; Jenika Lombrana, Humble Atascocita; Amanda Curran, The Woodlands

Catcher: Audrey Escamilla, Weslaco

First base: Cat Crenek, Cypress Ranch

Second base: Sara Vanderford, Deer Park

Third base: Natalie Rodriguez, Edinburg North

Shortstop: Rylen Wiggins, Wylie

Outfield: Valerie Gonzalez, El Paso Socorro; Baylea Brandon, Leander; Bethany Busch, Baytown Sterling

Utility: Ja’Naiya Thomas, Cy Creek


Pitcher: Naomi Reyes, Edinburg Vela; Kaitlynn De La Fuenta, Harlingen South; Taylor Brandon, Conroe Oak Ridge

Catcher: Alexis Perry, Wylie

First base: Autumn Sydlik, Conroe Oak Ridge

Second base: Sydney Owens, New Braunfels Canyon

Third base: Jessica Day, Lake Travis

Shortstop: Alyssa Popelka, Round Rock Westwood

Outfield: Layla Lynch, Cypress Lakes; Alayis Seneca, The Woodlands; Lauren Bazan, Humble Atascocita

Utility: Amanda Arriaga, Laredo LBJ


Pitcher: Maxine Valdez, Hays; Danielle Serna, Austin High; Madison Cotton, Belton; Emerald Pina, Lake Travis; Nora Rodriguez, Coppell; Emily Kennedy, The Woodnads; Audrey McNeil, Plano; Kennedy Cameron, Longview

Catcher: Morgan Smith, Brazoswood; Carsen Franco, Irving Nimitz; Brooke Diaz, Eagle Pass; Gabby Garcia, Southlake Carroll; Hailey Nillen, Conroe Oak Ridge; Rubi Diaz, Duncanville; Bethany Edwards, Belton; Kerris Cameron, Longview

First base: Makayla Washington, Longview; Caleigh Robinson, Belton; Caitlyn Rangel, Austin High

Second base: Sydney Ingle, Coppell; Abriana Garcia, Cypress Lakes; Kadyn Trochim, Waco Midway; Kayla Falterman, The Woodlands

Third base: Skylar Sirdashney, The Woodlands; Madison Bartlett, Belton; Lindsay Edwards, Plano; Melanie Castillo, San Marcos; Illyana Cisneros, Hays

Shortstop: Kaitlyn Schoonmaker, Lake Travis; Yasmine Avila, Pebble Hills; Janna Roberts, Pearland; Vanessa Garces, Edinburg North; Avery Drake, Belton; Jordan McClain, Longview

Outfield: Kendall Wiles, Johnson; Nia Jackson, Madison; Maleah Olvera, Deer Park; Rhian Journey, Oak Ridge; Katelyn O’Quinn, Coppell; Daniela Castro, Laredo United; Madision Bailey, Katy Morton Ranch; Lillie Grotenhuis, Humble Atascocita; Emily Knight, Plano; Riley Carter, Southlake Carroll; Destiny Allen, Killeen; Abbey Smith, Austin Bowie; Adele Benny, Lake Travis; Kyndall Murray, Brazoswood; Brooke Goynes, Longview

Utility: Camryn Collier, Waco Midsay; Ashley Crawford, Conroe Oak Ridge; Kalei Christensen, McKinney; Jasie Roberts, Deer Park; Isabelle Gutierrez, Belton; Kirklynd Newsom, Midland Lee; Abby Jordan, Midland Lee

Class 5A

Player of the Year: Savanna DesRochers, Forney

Coach of the Year: Pat Eitel, Forney


Pitcher: Savanna DesRochers, Forney; Kacie Pryor, Richmond Foster; Rachel Eckrote, Prosper

Catcher: Macy McKnight, Hutto

First base: Abby Buettner, Denton Ryan

Second base: Trinity Cannon, Forney

Third base: Jourdan Jacobs, Fort Worth Arlington Heights

Shortstop: Jayda Coleman, The Colony

Outfield: Melinda Martinez, Fort Worth Arlington Heights; Caroline Tedder, Forney; Alyssa Abron, Sulphur Springs

Utility: Sydney Greeson, Amarillo


Pitcher: Logan Hulon, Dripping Springs; Brianna Leeds, Denton Ryan; Hailey Hudson, College Station

Catcher: Brianna Garcia, Manvel

First base: Victoria Ruiz, El Paso Bel Air

Second base: Camille Corona, Dripping Springs

Third base: Madison Hirsch, The Colony

Shortstop: Abriana Bradley, Amarillo

Outfield: Gracie Morton, Burleson Centennial; Zariya Stiner, The Colony; Maddie McGovern, Burleson

Utility: Dakota Davis, El Paso Burges


Pitcher: Kyra Lair, Canyon; Jalee McDonald, Fort Worth Arlington Heights; (tie) Julie Kennedy, Boswell and Jessica Mullins,Barbers Hill

Catcher: Karis Hessert, Royse City

First base: Rebecca Miller, Barbers Hill

Second base: Alexia Morales, El Paso Chapin

Third base: Madison Hirsch, The Colony

Shortstop: Caleigh Cross, Forney

Outfield: Peyton Robinson, Boswell; Brionna Warren, College Station; Kramer Eschete, Brenham

Utility: Kristin Fifield, El Paso Chapin


Pitcher: Maddie Melton, Hallsville; Jaci-Mia Rivera, Lubbock Coronado; Vanessa Quiroga, Corpus Christi Carroll; Bailey Haggerty, Sulphur Springs; Jessica Bridges, Sherman; Saylor Williams, Jacksonville; Mia Anzaluda, Brownsville Veterans Memorial; Jacquelin Kay, Georgetown; Gracy Crafts, Elgin; Hannah Knox, Lindale; Brailey Wasik, Burleson; Abbie Cleavinger, Jacksonville; Sophie Hannabase, Mansfield Legacy

Catcher: Mayce Allen, Frisco Independence; Blakely Niles, Caney Creek; Alyssa Hickman, Kerrville Tivy; Jacee Hamlin, The Colony; Brenda Sanchez, Bryan; Kylie McCown, Jacksonville

First base: Riley Grunbert, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff; Hannah Schnettler, College Station; Riley Bennett, Manvel; Michelle Owens, Santa Fe; Brinklee Driver, Sulphur Springs

Second base: Avery Colclaser, Prosper; Breezey Robinson, Jacksonville; Jayme Johns, Elgin; Jessica Carreon, College Station; RheaAnn Avalos, Corpus Christi Carroll

Third base: Kiana Gibson, Elgin; Alexis Uresti, Manvel; Araya Ayala, Corpus Christi Flour Bluff; Vanessa Hollingsworth, Forney; Kate Tovar, Lake Ridge; Blakley Cheek, Mount Pleasant; Lauren Herring, A&M Consolidated

Shortstop: Morgan Childs, Santa Fe; Candain Callahan, Canyon; Lea Garcia, Lubbock Coronado; Reagan Ellison, Burleson Centennial; Lorena Ramirez, Hallsville’ Ashleigh Sgambelluri, Fort Worth Arlington Heights; Kelsey Wallace, Sulphur Springs; Aracely Araiza, El Paso Bel Air

Outfield: Lindsey Evans, Corpus Christi Carroll; Dee Saunders, Lindale; Kendall Trammell, College Station; Kelli Serrato, Corpus Christi Carroll; Pinky Green, Mount Pleasant; Ciarra Mata, Richmond Foster; Ryleigh Mata, Santa Fe; Briann Pendergraff, Bryan; Mattie Atkins, Royse City; Lauren Sorrells, A&M Consolidated; Jessica Johnson, Corpus Christi Calallen; Julianna Garcia, Santa Fe

Utility: Alex Hedspeth, Lockhart; Cassie Valdez, Brownsville Veterans Memorial; Jaydin Ainsworth, Hallsville; Brianna Evans, Red Oak; Jessica Adams, Bryan; Jordan Whitaker, Jacksonville; Haylie Rich, Marshall; Kathryn Marshall, Brenham

Class 4A

Player of the Year: Kaci West, Liberty

Coach of the Year: Karen Slack, Liberty


Pitcher: Kaci West, Liberty; Reagan Richardson, North Lamar; Aaliyah Ruiz, Beeville Jones

Catcher: Ashlyn Taylor, Caddo Mills

First base: Carson Robertson, Carthage

Second base:Ashton Nelson, Bushland

Third base: McKenna Driver, Bushland

Shortstop: Jennifer Williams, Mexia

Outfield: Becca Whitten, Community; Abbie Torris, Rio Hondo; Presley McAree, Rains

Utility: Maddie Goin, Krum


Pitcher: Halle Lytal, Bushland; Taylor Franco, Monahans; Saleen Flores, Beeville Jones

Catcher: Elaina Garcia, Springtown

First base: Olivia Lusk, Rains

Second base: Jaylen Prichard, Liberty

Third base: Sydney Johnson, Spring Hill

Shortstop: Haley Nichols, Gatesville

Outfield: Bianca Cruz, Rio Hondo; Kaitlyn McCabe, Sinton; Sydney Fritsch, La Grange

Utility: Preslye Cox, Rusk


Pitcher: Bea Lara, Orange Grove; Reagan Dunn, Cuero; Jade Guzman, Vernon

Catcher: Emily Berryhill, Leander Glenn

First base: April Adames, Rio Hondo

Second base: Kiersten Lopez, Sinton

Third base: Aubrey Solomon, Melissa

Shortstop: Leo Terry, Rains

Outfield: Shelby Jones, Bonham; Audrey Graf, Vernon; Kyndal Moyer, Lampasas

Utility: Ashlyn Seaton, Bullard


Pitcher: Taylor Wills, Carthage; Madison Garay, Bay City; Kaylee Davis, Venus; Chanlee Oakes, Rains; Alexis Pevehouse, Melissa; Murphy Williams, Gladewater; Rachel Williams, Lorena; Cassie Homniok, Sweeny; Mackenzie Downs, Bonham; Ariel Matula, Bullard; Chyanne Ellett, Brownwood; Emilie Hoelscher, Robinson; Lilli Cook, Caddo Mills; Kelsie Briggs, Van; Skylar Savage, Van; Kristen Wilson, Kilgore

Catcher: Felizia Hinijosa, Beeville Jones; Catrin Hoffman, Rains; Zoie Pilgrim, Gladewater; Jolee Lytal, Bushland; Morgan Sebastian, Krum; Lauren Hagar, Vernon; Hope Kruebbe, Carthage; Madison Sansom, Pittsburg;

First base: Kamri Corbin, Lampasas

Second base: Dezaray Duarte, Rains; Jessalyn Burkett, Beeville Jones; Taylor Levan, Mineral Wells’ Josie Jenkins, Caddo Mills; Damiana Longo, Lorena

Third base: Jolene Weaver, Leander Glenn; Kaci Donaldson, Lorena; Madalyn Rodriguez, Beeville Jones; McKenna Wood, Pittsburg

Shortstop: Kaylee Lopez, Sinton; Sloane Johnson, Lampasas; Baylee Chandler, Liberty; Caroline Taylor, Vernon; Annie Gillispie, Brownwood; Tayler Tournay, Burkburnett; Bailey Downing, Kilgore; Kayman Courtney, Carthage

Outfield: Elissa Elliot, Rains; Alex Walton,Van; Grace Young, Rusk; Cami Buell, Needville; Karsyn Isbell, Carthage; Aspyn Grossman, Bullard; Taylor Strain, Robinson; Tana Reeves, Godley; Kelby Gill, Burkburnett; Hopie Mitchell, Orange Grove; Jonee’ Villanueva, Littler Cypress-Mauriceville; Mackenzie Harrison, Kilgore;

Utility: Sydney Reynolds, Pittsburg; Hannah Howell, Anna; Molly Barnett, Liberty; Jewel Santilan, Denver City

Class 3A

Player of the Year: Saidi Castillo, Santa Gertrudis Academy

Coach of the Year: Thomas De Los Santos, Santa Gertrudis Academy


Pitcher: Saidi Castillo, Santa Gertrudis Academy; Rylee Trlicek, Hallettsville; (tie) Christine Billmeier, Pilot Point; Kylia Huhman, Rogers

Catcher: Jacqueline De Los Santos, Santa Gertrudis Academy

First base: Bailey Wagner, Brock

Second base: Savannah Basaldua, Tulia

Third base: Makenzie Wimmer, Cameron Yoe

Shortstop: Kyndal Kutac, Schulenburg

Outfield: Peyton Blythe, Hughes Springs; Kennedy Cox, Groesbeck; Alexa Xayaseng, Kirbyville

Utility: Makana Morton, West Rusk


Pitcher: Heather Zook, New Diana; Mattye Tyler, Brock; Marisol Kennedy, Hughes Springs

Catcher: Katie Roberts, Grandview

First base: Kloe Meador, New Diana

Second base: Macey Thompson, Schulenburg

Third base: Taylor Geffert, George West

Shortstop: Haylee Wilson, Hughes Springs

Outfield: Jarynn Sprinkle, Pollok Central; Mia Pokluda, West; Alexis Galvan, Grandview

Utility: Mallory Stout, Trinity


Pitcher: Kaitlyn Turner, Clyde; Lexi Windsor, Pollock Central; Alexis Velasquez, Amarillo River Road

Catcher: Jillian Jones, Industrial

First base: Sydnie Ellis, Frankston

Second base: Carmen Acosta, Pollok Central

Third base: Allie Prewitt, Grandview

Shortstop: Kamryn Gibbs, Slaton

Outfield: Cynthia Sizemore, Trinity; Alicia Hamm, Tolar; Breana Carr, Santa Gertrudis Academy

Utility: Carissa De Los Santos, Santa Gertrudis Academy


Pitcher: Kendall Candioto, Paradise; Cassidi Doyle, Sunnyvale; Kylie Hobbs, Lexington; Alyssa Otto, Schulenburg; Britney Hitt, Scurry-Rosser; Michayla DeLeon, Mount Vernon; Brooke Blackwell, Grandview; Brittany Sosa, Rice Consolidated; Cailey Knighton, Rockdale; Zoe Lanier, Hughes Springs

Catcher: Bri Chandler, Elysian Fields; Trinity Boggs, Frankston; Mackenzie Cave, Mountain View; Anarenee Beyer, Brock; Kassidy Nicholson, Goliad; Haley Vike, Sunnyvale; Shelby Mitchell, Rogers; Ashleigh Shelburne, River Road; Kacie Johnson, Lexington; Lainey Griggs, San Angelo TLCA; Kylie Easterling, New Diana; Kennedi Northam, Hughes Springs

First base: Faith Carter, Sunnyvale; Shelbie Fickling, Hughes Springs; Alyssa Hearon, Troup; Shelley Pierce, Beckville

Second base: Bri McGinty, Elysian Fields; Brook Floyd, West Rusk; Jessica Leek, Brock; Allie Hays, Elkhart; Maddy Sims, Rice Consolidated; Abbye McKinney, Hughes Springs; Eryn Adrian, Sunnyvale

Third base: Yadira Lopez, Santa Gertrudis Academy; Brooklyn Manes, New Diana; Evie Alfaro, Groesbeck; Adriana Cedilo, Tulia; Bailee Wright, Holliday; Makenzie Cook, Sabine

Shortstop: Kayla Evans, Elysian Fields; Brooke Prewitt, Grandview; Peyton Lee, Clyde; Madi Brown, New Diana; Kyleigh Clements, Whitewright; Macy Wilkins, River Road; Elena Benavidez, George West; Samantha McGrew, White Oak; Tori Pena, Ore City; Brooke Weaver, Harleton

Outfield: Pearl Perry, Hughes Springs; Calleigh King, Sabine; Gracie Ewing, Scurry-Rosser; Landry Felts, Brock; Heather Brown, Mount Vernon; Mary Sharff, Edgewood; Kristin Garrett, Sonora; Autumn Arguello, Idalou; Johnae Robinson, Pollok Central; Haylie Mitchell, Groesbeck; Claire Underwood, Harleton

Utility: Ally McKendree, Mildred; Emily Neel, Troup; Ashlyn Davis, Goliad; Bekah Parks, Teague; Jacie Roberts, Clyde; Blyss Johnson, Pollok Central; Ashley Butler, Johnson City

Class 2A

Player of the Year: Lexi Harris, Normangee

Coach of the Year: Kristina Stephens, Bells


Pitcher: Cadie Belle Currie, Grapeland; Kathryn Reed, Axtell; Bethany Nevlud, Shiner

Catcher: Madelynn Lacaze, Union Grove

First base: Lexi Harris, Normangee

Second base: Lindsey Lucas, Albany

Third base: Elia Hebel, Albany

Shortstop: Ellie Bailey, Tom Bean

Outfield: Corey Carr, Sanford-Fitch; Bella Smith, Bells; Gracie Green, Harper

Utility: Macy McAdams, Junction


Pitcher: Cheyenne Floyd, Bells; Ashlyn Teran, Normangee; Tori Esters, Carlisle

Catcher: Abby Bernard, Alto

First base: Brycelan Richards, Italy

Second base: Taylor Williams, Tom Bean

Third base: Joani Kohlscheen, Crawford

Shortstop: Logan Menzies, Harper

Outfield: Kylie Ricketts, Floydada; Allison Betak, Thorndale; Aaryn Lewis, Bosqueville

Utility: Kyla Mach, Crawford


Pitcher: Callie Koenig, Harper; Riley White, Thorndale; Jessica Withrow, Trenton

Catcher: Morgan Wright, Gorman

First base: Jessie Camacho, Martin’s Mill

Second base: Karsyn Taylor, Lindsay

Third base: Mercy Garcia, Harper

Shortstop: Maci Sanders, Normangee

Outfield: Celeste Lara, Refugio; Ellena Munoz, Moody; Shay Griffin, Alto

Utility: Amber Allen, Woden


Pitcher: Abbie Orrick, Martin’s Mill; Jenna Lewis, Milano; Hannah Spring, West Sabine; Reyna Garcia, Albany; Emilee Wade, Bosqueville; Maya Shelby, Sabinal; Darrian Smith, Weimer; Jill Whitney, Avery; Reese Taylor, Woden; McKayla Marshall, Colmesneil; Kayla Wilson, Centerville Savannah Wilson, Evadale

Catcher: Alex Jones, Italy; Alyssa Eddington, Hawkins; Kaylee Hale, Moody; Ashley Sloan, Bells; Caitlyn Holson, Albany; Emilie Compton, Milano

First base: Emalee Smith, Hawley; Kaley Smith, Albany

Second base: Laynie Bastow, Milano; Cheznie Hale, Bells; Jordyne Bigan, Thorndale

Third base: Kierra Decluette, Grapeland; Sara Stutzman, Centerville; Lakota Townley, Italy

Shortstop: Kelsey Maczygemba, Falls City; Skylar Brooks, Miles; Habby Smith, Bells; Kalie Poehl, Milano; Kelsie Guthery, Gorman; Samantha Newton, Hawley; Hailey Guerra, Junction

Outfield: Kylie Roberts, Floydada; Kylie Griffiths, Floydada; Cameron Cowan, Shiner; Avery Kovar, Snook; Shelby Mason, Tom Bean

Utility: Payton Reynolds, Valley View; Abbie Teutsch, Alto; Marissa Hall, Hawley; Emma Howell, Bosqueville; Haley Primrose, West Sabine; Jaycie Brisco, Snook

Class A

Player of the Year: Jalyn Fletcher, Slocum

Coach of the Year: David Ives, Slocum


Pitcher: Jalyn Fletcher, Slocum; Katie Gray, Borden County; Destiny Whitburn, Ector

Catcher: Tatum Treadwell, Borden County

First base: Kara Cumby, Slocum

Second base: Samantha Sauceda, D’Hanis

Third base: Brooklyn Cheatham, Borden County

Shortstop: Breauna Hall, Ira

Outfield: Rayme Jones, Borden County; Chloe Cowan, D’Hanis; Laney Lasiter, Slocum

Utility: Kayla Gray, High Island


Pitcher: Harley Merrill, Borden County

Catcher: Briley Evers, Slocum; Hannah Easley, Ector

First base: Stormy Hockley, Ector

Second base: Courtney January, Slocum

Third base: Hope Carvajal, Avalon; Kylie Miller, Ira; Taylor Clark, Slocum; Montana Johnson, Ector

Shortstop: Jesse Ives, Slocum; Riley Meier, Avalon

Outfield: Haddie Flanigan, Borden County

Utility: Haley Steubing, D’Hanis; Laney Saures, Avalon

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