High school softball season is here! Storylines, players to watch in Corpus Christi in 2022
As practices for the 2022 high school softball season begin on Friday, the intrigue for this season will likely start early and continue throughout the season.
Calallen's and Bishop's run to the state tournament helped to bolster the area's reputation for small-school squads across the region and the state, which will bring some hope and optimism for this season.
Here is a look at some of the storylines and players to watch in 2022.
Storylines to watch in 2022 Corpus Christi high school softball season
Can Calallen break through?
The Wildcats surrounded the pandemic-shortened season of 2020 with state tournament appearances in 2019 and 2021, earning a spot in the state championship game both seasons. Is this the year when the Wildcats break through for a state title and join girls basketball and baseball as state title winning programs at Calallen? Led by one of the area's best all-around athletes in Raegan Tennill and left-handed ace Breanna Ford, the pieces are there for a run for a championship.
Who will win 29-5A?
The race in District 29-5A could be one of the most competitive in a number of years because as practices start there is not a clear-cut favorite. Carroll, Veterans Memorial and Flour Bluff will be among the contenders, but teams such as Gregory-Portland and Ray could have a say in the race. This might be a year where one game could make the difference between being the top-seeded team from the district or out of the playoffs.
How good is Bishop?
The Badgers were able to upend regional power Santa Gertrudis Academy in district play and during the playoffs to earn a trip to the state tournament. And all indications are Bishop will again be among the region's elite squads.
Players to watch in 2022 Corpus Christi high school softball
Raegan Tennill and Breanna Ford, Calallen
The Calallen duo is part of a talented group of returning players that have expectations of returning to Austin. Ford is a left-handed ace that has shown signs of dominance at time, and Tennill can play just about any position for the Wildcats when needed.
Reese Atwood, Tuloso-Midway
The University of Texas signee returns for her senior season looking to help lead the Cherokees back to the postseason, and a deep playoff run. Atwood's athleticism behind the plate as a catcher, and on the base paths on offense make her one of the area's top players.
Andrea Martinez, Bishop
The Badgers ace is back for another season and will again be a key component for a talented and experienced Bishop team set on returning to the state tournament and competing for a state championship.
Shelbie Peal, Veterans Memorial
The Eagles utility player was a first-team All-South Texas selection in 2021, and hit .534 and had an on-base percentage better than 1.000 throughout the season.
Anyssia Mendoza, Mathis
The senior ace for the Pirates helped them reach new heights in 2021 and hope to continue that in 2022. Mendoza was 22-3 in the circle and hit .405 at the plate.
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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