High School Baseball: Meet the players and coaches on the 2021 All-South Texas team
2021 ALL-SOUTH TEXAS BASEBALL TEAM
Malachi Lott, sr., Gregory-Portland
Malachi Lott began the season as one of the area’s top pitching prospects, and he ended it helping Gregory-Portland make some more history. Lott, a University of Houston signee, led the Wildcats in hitting with a .443 average and also had three home runs, six doubles, eight triples and 31 RBI. On the mound, he was even better. Lott finished the season with a 12-1 record, his lone loss in the regional semifinals against Region IV champ Leander Rouse and had a stellar 0.97 earned-run average with 133 strikeouts and gave up 11 earned runs in 79.2 innings.
Newcomer of the Year
Blake Mitchell, so., Sinton
Mitchell, an LSU commit, was a jack of all trades for the Pirates this season. Mitchell played shortstop, catcher and in the playoffs his pitching helped Sinton reach the state tournament. He finished the season hitting .449 with 14 doubles, two triples, scored 30 runs and had 30 RBI. He also was 4-0 on the mound, with two wins coming in the playoffs against Boerne and Calallen. He also had two saves, along with 53 strikeouts in 32 innings and a miniscule 0.21 earned-run average.
Co-Coaches of the Year
Kevin Carr and Albert Amaya, London
The dynamic coaching duo for the Pirates helped take the Southside Corpus Christi program to the state tournament for the first time and finished as the state runner-up in Class 3A. They guided a team loaded with freshman, including four starters, to a 33-6-1 record, along with a District 30-3A championship.
IF — Luke Smith, sr., Calallen
Smith has been a mainstay at shortstop for the Wildcats for the last four years, and the New Mexico signee did not disappoint in his senior season. Not only did he help lead Calallen back to the regional finals but also hit nearly .400 from the leadoff position.
IF - Daylan Pena, sr., Veterans Memorial
Pena, a Texas State signee, helped lead the Eagles to the regional semifinals this season, which included a grand slam against Ray in Game 3 of a thrilling series. Pena hit .394 with 33 RBI, 41 runs, 15 doubles and seven home runs.
IF — Easton Dowell, jr., Gregory-Portland
Dowell was a key part of the Wildcats’ lineup this season and its top run producer. Dowell hit .400 with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs to go with 33 runs and 50 RBI.
IF — J.J. Bush, sr., Carroll
Bush finished the season leading Carroll with a .395 average to go with 13 doubles, five triples, a home runs, 21 RBI and also scored 23 runs.
OF — Xavier Perez, jr., Veterans Memorial
Perez, a Florida commit, was a stellar two-way star for the Eagles this season. As a hitter, Perez had a .351 average with 13 doubles, one triple, four home runs, 31 RBI and 25 runs. And as a pitcher he finished the season with a 7-2 record and a 1.27 earned-run average with 85 strikeouts in 71.2 innings.
OF — Camdyn Rozypal, jr., Tuloso-Midway
The speedy Rozypal was one of the area’s best base stealers and hitters. Rozypal, the offensive MVP of 31-4A, hit .393 this season with 40 RBI, 37 runs, seven doubles, seven triples, two home runs and had 23 stolen bases.
OF — Mason Arispe, so., London
Arispe was the leadoff hitter in London’s young lineup season and was one of its key defensive players. Arispe hit .308 this season with 43 runs, 25 RBI and also drew 28 walks.
OF — Gilbert Gonzales, sr., Carroll
Gonzales hit .361 in 2021 with 11 doubles, four triples, two home runs and also added 17 RBI and scored 28 runs.
P — Justin Lamkin, Calallen
Lamkin, a Texas A&M commit, showed throughout the season why he is arguably the best pitching prospect in South Texas. Lamkin, a left-hander, was 11-0 this season and had 167 strikeouts in 84 innings this season. He also had a 0.83 earned-run average this season.
P — Julius Rivas, jr., Mathis
Rivas, the Co-MVP of District 29-3A, finished the season with a 9-4 record and 139 strikeouts in helping to the Pirates to their first district championship in more than a decade. He also hit .559 with 33 RBI, 33 runs and stole 17 bases.
P — Kade Budd, jr., London
Budd was the Pirates’ ace this season and helped lead them into unchartered territory. Budd was 13-0 this season with a 0.93 earned-run average to go with 141 strikeouts in 82.2 innings. He allowed 11 earned runs and 24 walks. Budd also hit .330, hitting mainly in the No. 2 spot this season.
P — Wyatt Wiatrek, sr., Sinton
Wiatrek, an LSU commit, finished the season 9-1 with 105 strikeouts in 65.1 innings, also had a 1.07 earned-run average.
C — Walker Janek, sr., Gregory-Portland
Janek, a Sam Houston state signee, hit .359 this season with 44 runs, 29 RBI and 12 doubles. He also worked as a relief pitcher this season, compiling 27 strikeouts in 19 innings.
U — Rylan Galvan, jr., Sinton
Galvan, a Texas commit, played multiple positions for the Pirates this season and hit No. 2 in the order behind his brother, Rene Galvan. Rylan Galvan hit .412 with 12 doubles, two triples, scored 40 runs, drew 37 walks, and had 26 RBI. He also hit six home runs.
U — Keevyn Goss, jr., Ray
Goss, a Texas Tech commit, was stellar throughout the season for the Texans in their return to the playoffs. Goss finished 10-2 on the mound with 108 strikeouts in 75.2 innings and had a 2.68 earned-run average.
IF — Jordan Kelley, jr., Refugio
IF — Mason Jacob, fr., London
IF — Landon Salinas, fr., London
IF — Jaquae Stewart, so., Sinton
IF — Brayden Sprencel, jr., Calallen
IF — Jack Martinez, sr., Ray
OF — Tye Odom, jr., Bishop
OF — Rene Galvan, jr., Sinton
OF — Nick Mitridis, jr., Carroll
OF — Canon Chester, jr., Sinton
OF — Carsen Flores, jr., Rockport-Fulton
P — Roberto Perez, jr., Calallen
P — Dylan Dudney, sr., Carroll
P — Ruben Rendon, jr., Bishop
P — Isai Campos, Alice
P — Jose Acuna, sr., Veterans Memorial
P — Robbie Spencer, sr., Gregory-Portland
C — Sergio Guerra, sr., San Diego
C — A.J. Yepez, Calallen
U — Cristian Benavides, sr., Tuloso-Midway
U — Nash Villegas, jr., Flour Bluff
IF — Daniel Trevino, sr., Sinton
IF — Troy Jones, sr., Ray
IF — Joshua Moreno, sr., Banquete
IF — Marcos Hernandez, jr., Bishop
IF — R.J. Carrillo, Alice
IF — Derek Hernandez, jr., Moody
IF — Jake Rabe, Veterans Memorial
OF — Aaron Flores, so., Banquete
OF — Nick Reyes, Veterans Memorial
OF — Jacob Lozano, sr., Ingleside
OF — Ryan Rodriguez, so., Ray
P — Luke Muirhead, jr., Rockport-Fulton
P — Mark Lopez, so., Banquete
P — Braeden Brown, so., Sinton
P — Aiden Perez, sr., Flour Bluff
P — Marcus Martinez, jr., Odem
P — Luis Rios, jr., Tuloso-Midway
C — Dae Palomo, fr., Carroll
C — Jayden Martinez, jr., London
U — Brian Buchanan, so., Bishop
U — Cash Benavidez, Alice
U — Jack Bell, so., Ray
Bailey Jones, jr., Flour Bluff
Taylor Crozier, jr., Bishop; Samuel Mayes, sr., Rockport-Fulton; Jordan Gibson, fr., Rockport-Fulton; Darion Rodriguez, jr., Mathis; Jorge Garza, sr., Tuloso-Midway; Elijah Pizana, Odem; Tanner Johnson, Veterans Memorial; Jake Martinez, Veterans Memorial; Ernest Valverde, Calallen; Isaiah Elizondo, fr., Rockport-Fulton
Michael Mendiola, sr., Flour Bluff; Alex Rodriguez, so, Ingleside; Colton McCreary, sr., Calallen
Ace Seibert, fr., Rockport-Fulton; Johnny Herrera, jr., Tuloso-Midway; Jacob Luna, Odem; Forrest Rumfield, jr., Banquete; Robby Olguin, jr., Robstown
Roy Perez, Odem; Kyle Castaneda, jr., Odem; Chris Chavez, so., Carroll; Noah Jasso, fr., Bishop; Trent Upham, jr., Rockport-Fulton
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Len Hayward is a USA Today Sports Network Region sports director and the Caller-Times sports editor. Support more coverage like this by checking out our subscription options and special offers at Caller.com/subscribe