High School Softball: Meet the 2021 All-South Texas Softball team players and coach

Len Hayward
Corpus Christi Caller Times

2021 ALL-SOUTH TEXAS SOFTBALL TEAM

Bishop pitcher Andrea Martinez prepares to throw against Santa Gertrudis Academy in the Region IV-3A final, Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Cabaniss. Bishop won 3-1.

MVP

Andrea Martinez, jr., Bishop

The accomplishments of Andrea Martinez this season will help to cement her into Bishop High School’s annuals as one of its most successful athletes, and she still has a year to go. In a banner year for girls athletics at Bishop, Martinez shined for the Badgers in their run to the program’s first state softball appearance. Martinez racked up strikeouts and wins throughout the season, including two district wins against Santa Gertrudis Academy. But it was her final victory of the season in Game 3 of a regional final series against the Lions that helped push the Badgers to Austin. Martinez retired nine straight batters at one point in the game to help clinch a 3-1 victory in Game 3 at the regional championship. A junior, Martinez has more than 500 strikeouts in her career and won more than 25 games this past season.

Calallen's Megan Geyer throws to first base against Liberty, Saturday, June 5, 2021, in Red & Charline McCombs Field, in Austin. Liberty won, 10-3.

Newcomer of the Year

Megan Geyer, Calallen

On an already talented Wildcats roster, Geyer found a way to shine in 2021 and helped the Wildcats back to the state championship game. Geyer hit a scorching .486 this season to go with six doubles, seven triples and five home runs. Geyer also had 23 RBI, 44 runs and stole 20 bases.

Bishop coach Tito Moreno against Emory Rains in the Class 3A softball UIL state semifinal, Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at Red and Charline McCombs Field in Austin. Rains won, 2-1.

Coach of the Year

Tito Moreno, Bishop

Moreno not only coached the Badgers to a breakthrough season in softball but also continued what was a stellar season for girls athletics at Bishop High School. The Badgers swept area power Santa Gertrudis Academy on the way to a District 30-3A title, and then defeated the Lions in a three-game series in the regional finals.

First Team

Carroll's Linzee Leal throws to first base against Ray, Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Cabaniss Softball Field. Carroll won, 1-0.

IF — Linzie Leal, sr., Carroll

Leal was simply electric in the leadoff position for the Tigers this season. Leal hit .581 this season and was a scorching .729 with runners in scoring position, while also driving in 36 runs, scoring 61 runs and hit better than .500 in the postseason.

Carroll's Rhea Ann Avalos throws the ball during a practice drill, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021. Avalos plays second base for the team.

IF — Rhea-Ann Avalos, sr., Carroll

Avalos was an RBI machine for the Tigers this season. Avalos drove in 62 runs, while hitting .544 and had a scorching slugging percentage of 1.233. Avalos also smacked 19 home runs this season and finished her career with 31.

Mariah Vasquez, Veterans Memorial

IF — Mariah Vasquez, sr., Veterans Memorial

Vasquez was one of the area’s top hitters and hit .621 this season, which included 14 doubles, two triples, four home runs to go with 38 RBI and a 1.138 slugging percentage.

Rockport-Fulton's Maddie Mann throws a ball to first base during practice softball prelatic on Monday, March 29, 2021.

IF — Maddie Mann, sr., Rockport-Fulton

Mann was a four-year stalwart at the plate for the Pirates and showed it again her senior season. Mann hit .519 with 19 doubles, 14 triples, five home runs, 56 RBI, scored 51 runs and stole 18 bases. She also had 81 hits this season.

Santa Gertrudis Academy's Alana Benitez homered twice in the Lions' 4-3 win in Game 1 of the Region IV-3A final.

OF — Alana Benitez, sr., Santa Gertrudis Academy

Benitez was the District 30-3A Offensive Player of the Year in 2021 after hitting .476 with 11 doubles, eight triples, eight home runs, 49 RBI and had 18 stolen bases.

Calallen's Maddy Flores prepres to throw against  Iowa Park in the Class 4A softball state semifinal, Thursday, June 3, 2021, in Georgetown. Calallen won, 10-9.

OF — Maddy Flores, sr., Calallen

A multi-year starter and Galveston Community College signee, Flores hit .406 with 12 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 37 RBI and scored 35 runs.

Veterans Memorial's Shelbie Peal throws against Carroll in a softball game, Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at Cabaniss. Veterans Memorial won, 15-14.

OF — Shelbie Peal, jr., Veterans Memorial

Peal hit .534 this season and had an on-base percentage of 1.164 in 2021.

Carroll pitcher Vanessa Quiroga prepares to pitch against Gregory-Portland in a softball game, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Portland. Carroll won, 15-1.

P — Vanessa Quiroga, sr., Carroll

Quiroga, a Texas signee, finished the season in the circle with 25 wins, 143 strikeouts and a 3.11 earned-run average. At the plate, she was even more dangerous hit .556 with seven home runs, 46 RBI and 50 hits.

Calallen's Breanna Ford throws a pitch  the seventh inning of their game against Tuloso-Midway at Tuloso-Midway on Tuesday, April 6, 2021.

P — Breanna Ford, jr., Calallen

The left-handed Ford finished the season with a stellar 19-4 record, a 1.24 earned-run average and 161 strikeouts. Of the four losses for Ford this season, two were to Class 6A state tournament qualifier Converse Judson, one against San Antonio Warren and Fredericksburg in the regional semifinals.

Rockport-Fulton pitcher Siarah Galvan struck out 13 in the Pirates' are around win against La Vernia.

P — Siarah Galvan, sr., Rockport-Fulton

The left-handed Galvan, a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi signee, finished the season with 244 strikeouts and a 0.47 earned-run average, and also hit .454.

Bishop faces Mathis during game two of their playoff series, Friday, May 14, 2021, at Cabaniss Softball Field. Bishop won, 12-0, in the fifth inning.

P — Anyssia Mendoza, jr., Mathis

Mendoza led Mathis to a historic season in 2021 advancing to the regional quarterfinals before falling to eventual regional champion Bishop. Mendoza struck 244 to with a 22-3 record and 2.16 ERA. Mendoza also hit .405 with 35 RBI.

Calallen catcher Lauren Mata during practice on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, as the team prepares for the regional final game against Boerne.

C — Lauren Mata, sr., Calallen

Mata, who will play in college at Texas A&M-Kingsville, has been a key cog for the Wildcats for four years and showed it again this season. Mata hit .451 with 15 doubles, seven home runs and 41 RBI. Mata also threw out 17 of the 18 runners trying to steal against her.

Raegan Tennill had one home run and two RBI in Calallen's Game 1 win against Boerne in the Class 4A softball regional final in Jourdanton, May, 28, 2021.

U — Raegan Tennill, jr., Calallen

Tennill is arguably the best overall female athlete in the area and proved her versatility for the Wildcats this season. Tennill, who plays shortstop and pitches, hit .425 this season with 13 doubles, seven triples, 13 home runs and 62 RBI. As a pitcher, Tennill was 9-3 with 72 strikeouts and a 1.692 ERA.

Rockport-Fulton's Mikey Dominguez hits during practice softball prelatic on Monday, March 29, 2021.

U — Mikey Dominguez, sr., Rockport-Fulton

The versatile Dominguez, who also medaled at the state track meet in pole vault, finished her stellar four-year career with a .445 batting average.

Second Team

IF — Aviana Gonzalez, sr., Calallen

IF — Kamryn Salinas, jr., Tuloso-Midway

IF — Jackie Garza, sr., Santa Gertrudis Academy

IF — Hannah Griffith, sr., Bishop

IF — Daniella Ramos, sr., Robstown

IF — Sadie Flores, Bishop

OF — Aylah Mata, fr., Carroll

OF — Payton Martinez, jr., Rockport-Fulton

OF — Rayven Ramos, so., Tuloso-Midway

OF — Alinna Cruz, Bishop

P — Madison Vela, sr., Odem

P — Jaci Salinas, jr., Santa Gertrudis Academy

P — Ava Hernandez, Alice

P — Jade Moreno, Flour Bluff

P- Ryanna Rodela, Ray

C — Reese Atwood, jr., Tuloso-Midway

C — Autumn Moses, sr., Sinton

U — Alaunah Almaraz, fr., Calallen

U — Carissa De Los Santos, sr., Santa Gertrudis Academy

U — Leah Cran, jr., Ray

Third Team

IF — Alexis Alegria, fr., Hebbronville

IF — Toni Rivera, Mathis

IF — Nicole Ortiz, jr., Odem

IF — Adriana Mireles, fr., Santa Gertrudis Academy

IF - Audri Castillo, Ingleside

IF — Francine Rodriguez, West Oso

IF — HeavenLee Vasquez, sr., Tuloso-Midway

OF — Hailey Duran, sr., Carroll

OF — Mia Longoria, sr., Alice

OF — Maddy Pena, Bishop

P — Monica Carrillo, so., IWA

P — Jamie Burch, fr., Sinton

P — Natalie Villarreal, Falfurrias

P — Hannah Smith, Ingleside

P — Clarissa Valdez, fr., Tuloso-Midway

P — Jocelyne Galvan, Aransas Pass

C — Allison Garcia, jr., Carroll

C — Kieara Cruz, Bishop

U — Hollie Eads, jr., Refugio

U — Jasmine Trevino, jr., Carroll

Honorable mention

Infielders

Kalee Aguilar, Mathis; Allie Estrada, sr., Beeville; Gabby Guerrero, Mathis; Breana Herrera, sr., Carroll; Celeste Lara, sr., Refugio; Kaetlyn Mendez, so., Carroll; Jackie Molina, so., Alice; Alexandria Munoz, sr., Ben Bolt; Tonya Rodriguez, fr., Woodsboro; Danica Salinas, fr., John Paul II; Mia Tamez, Bishop; Emily Taylor, Bishop

Outfielders

Elizabeth Charles, sr., Ben Bolt

Catcher

Maylynn Saenz, sr., Alice; Devyna Solis, Mathis

Pitchers

Olivia Barrera, sr., Ben Bolt; Briannah Mejias, jr., John Paul II; Lia Ramirez, jr, Refugio

Utility

Ava Aleman, so., IWA; Kaylor Freeman, so., Refugio; Kat Lara, sr., Orange Grove; Araceli Lozano, sr., John Paul II; Arinna Perez, Falfurrias; Evelyn Valdez, Bishop

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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