High School Baseball: Meet the players and coaches on the 2021 All-South Texas team

Len Hayward
Corpus Christi Caller Times


Gregory-Portland's Malachi Lott throws against Ray in a District 29-5A baseball game, Thursday, April 1, 2021. Gregory-Portland won, 8-3.


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.

Sinton's Blake Mitchell prepares to throw to first base against Rusk, Wednesday, June 9, 2021, at Disch-Falk Field in Austin. Rusk won, 6-3.

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.

London head baseball coach Kevin Carr
London co-head coach Albert Amaya against Brock in the Class 3A UIL State baseball semifinal, Friday, June 11, 2021, at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. London won, 7-2.

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.


Calallen shortstop Luke Smith

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.

Veterans Memorial senior Daylan Pena hit two home runs and had four RBI in the Eagles Game 2 win to sweep Brownsville Veterans Memorial in the Class 5A area baseball playoffs.

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.

Gregory-Portland's Easton Dowell runs against Ray in a District 29-5A baseball game, Thursday, April 1, 2021. Gregory-Portland won, 8-3.

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.

Carroll's Jeremiah Bush prepares to catch the ball at second base against Gregory-Portland, Wednesday, May 19, 2021, Cabaniss Baseball Field. Gregory-Portland won, 1-0.

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.

Veterans Memorial's Xavier Perez throws a pitch during the first inning of the second game of their playoff baseball series at Cabaniss Baseball Field on Friday, May 21, 2021.

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.

Tuloso-Midway's Camdyn Rozypal reacts after striking out against Sinton, Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Beeville. Sinton won Game 1 of the Region IV-4A semifinals, 6-1.

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.

London's Mason Arispe catches a ball against Brock, Friday, June 11, 2021, at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. London won, 7-2.

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.

Carroll's Gilbert Gonzalez slides into home during the game against Flour Bluff, Thursday, April 23, 202, at Flour Bluff High School. Carroll won, 9-7.

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.

Calallen's Justin Lamkin throws a pitch during the first inning in a Class 4A baseball playoff game against Pearsall at Steve Chapman Field on Friday, May 14, 2021.

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.

Mathis pitcher Julius Rivas

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.

London's Kade Budd adjusts his had alter pitching against Brock, Friday, June 11, 2021, at Dell Diamond in Round Rock. London won, 7-2.

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.

Sinton pitcher Wyatt Wiatrek

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.

Gregory-Portland's Walker Janek rounds second base after hitting a home run during the sixth inning of their game against Veterans Memorial at Cabaniss Baseball Field on Monday, March 8, 2021.

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.

Sinton's Rylan Galvan gestures after hitting home run, Thursday, May 27, 2021, in Beeville. Sinton won Game 1 of the Class 4A regional semifinal series, 6-1.

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.

Ray's Keevyn Goss celebrates after striking out a Veterans Memorial batter during the seventh inning of their second game of their playoff baseball series at Cabaniss Baseball Field on Friday, May 21, 2021.

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.

Second Team

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

Third Team

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

Honorable mention


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

Utility/Designated Hitter

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