Player of the year: Sarah Leal, P, jr., Hays
Leal posted a 26-4 record, including a 7-0 mark in the playoffs, as Hays won the Class 4A state championship. Her two complete-game victories at the state tournament included a five-hitter against Aledo in the semifinals.
While not overpowering, the 5-foot-5-inch Leal tossed three shutouts in the postseaon. In a 3-0 regional quarterfinal victory over Dripping Springs — the No. 2-ranked team in Class 4A at the time — Leal outdueled Brandi Needham, who has signed with Illinois.
Coach of the year: Aaron Fuller, Hays
A former football and baseball star at Jarrell, Fuller led Hays to its first state championship in softball in just his second season as the Lady Rebels’ coach. In winning its first UIL state championship in a team sport in school history, Hays posted a 32-10 record, although six of the losses were forfeits resulting from the use of an ineligible player.
Fuller, who played in the state baseball tournament with Jarrell in 2004, led the Lady Rebels into the Class 4A regional quarterfinals in his first season. Hays hadn’t won a playoff game in 11 years before his arrival.
Newcomer of the year: Staci Johns, P, fr., Elgin
One of two freshmen to start the season on Elgin’s varsity roster, Johns compiled a 20-6 record this spring. Elgin, which lost seven seniors from its 2012 team, reached the regional semifinals for the first time since 2005, and the Lady Cats also won the District 17-4A title.
• FIRST TEAM
Sarah Leal, P, jr., Hays
Led Hays to Class 4A state title, piling up nearly 200 strikeouts with a 1.87 ERA and tossing three shutouts during the playoffs.
Brandi Needham, P, sr., Dripping Springs
Three-time first-team honoree was 26-2 with 247 strikeouts for District 25-4A champion. She also batted .465 while driving in 21 runs.
Jayme Perez, P, sr., Bowie
Helped team to share of District 15-5A title by posting 18-5 pitching record while also batting .465 with 37 RBIs and 33runs scored.
Brynn Baca, C, jr., Round Rock
Defensive MVP of District 16-5A finished with fielding percentage of .995 and also drove in 32 runs while batting .517.
Clarissa Gonzalez, 1B, sr., Hays
Productive hitter ended state championship-winning season with 46 runs scored, 59 RBIs, 24 extra-base hits and .451 batting average.
Stephanie Marmelejo, 2B, jr., San Marcos
Helped team qualify for Class 5A playoffs by hitting .407 with 17 extra-base hits. Scored 33 runs and also drove in 33.
Stephanie Wong, SS, sr., Westlake
University of Texas signee, a second-team All-Centex choice in 2012, batted .500 this season while stealing 13 bases and scoring 43 runs.
Hanna Contreras, 3B, sr., Lake Travis
Belted area-high 14 homers as team reached Class 5A playoffs and also put up a .471 batting average with 40 RBIs and 30 runs scored.
Brayden Pinckard, OF, sr., Hays
Speedy outfielder paired solid defense with productive offense that included .565 batting average, 42 runs scored, 11 steals and 11 triples.
Jocelyn Phillips, OF, jr., Anderson
Offensive force rapped out 16 extra-base hits while scoring 30 runs and driving in 25. Boasted fielding percentage of .990.
Liz Carter, OF, sr., Westlake
Two-time first-team selection drove in 41 runs for District 15-5A co-champion while hitting .486; posted 7-1 mark as a pitcher with 1.76 ERA.
Emily Kirk, UT, jr., Stony Point
At the plate, batted .410 with four homers and 30 RBIs; on the mound, posted 16 wins while averaging nearly 10 strikeouts per game.
• SECOND TEAM
Mikaela Flores, P, sr., Lockhart
Compiled 18-4 record with 158 strikeouts and 1.66 ERA as team reached Class 4A regional semifinals. Also batted .533.
Hannah Holt, P, soph., Leander
Right-hander helped Leander to Class 4A regional finals by going 5-1 in playoffs. Overall record of 20-9 with 216 strikeouts.
Staci Johns, P, fr., Elgin
Area’s top newcomer posted a 20-6 record overall with a 1.44 ERA and 128 strikeouts.
Andrea Gonzales, C, jr., Elgin
MVP of District 17-4A batted .423 and threw out 11 of 16 potential base-stealers. Hit .514 in postseason with 13 RBIs, eight runs scored.
Janice Burke, 1B, jr., Dripping Springs
First-team All-Centex pick last year piled up 25 RBIs, 25 runs scored in 2013. Batted .495 this spring with 12 extra-base hits.
Emily Jones, fr., 2B, East View
Hit .453 with 52 runs and 32 steals to lead upstart Class 4A program to the playoffs in its first season of eligibility.
Claire Fritsch, SS, sr., Round Rock
MVP of District 16-5A batted .454 with 21 RBIs and also finished with a fielding percentage of .953.
Kallen Floyd, 3B, soph., Liberty Hill
Struck out only once this season while batting .515 and hitting seven homers. Drove in 41 runs and scored 39.
Hannah Ramsey, OF, sr., Hays
Selected MVP of Class 4A state-title game to conclude a season that included .414 batting average, 41 runs scored and 42 RBIs.
Caitlyn Poehl, sr., OF, Dripping Springs
Co-defensive MVP of District 25-4A batted .324 with four homers and 13 stolen bases.
Haley Henson, sr., OF, Round Rock
Lead-off hitter jump-started offense with .476 batting average, 39 runs scored and 14 steals. Posted fielding percentage of .985.
Nicole Merrill, UT, sr., Cedar Ridge
First baseman also won 12 games as a pitcher, striking out 149, and batted .356 with two homers and 23 RBIs.
• THIRD TEAM
Samantha Junkin, P, soph., Liberty Hill
Posted 21-4 record with 1.04 ERA and 180 strikeouts for District 8-3A champion.
Selena Lopez, P, sr., Taylor
Struck out 240 in 187 innings and compiled 16-6 record. Offensive MVP of District 18-3A also batted .465 with 25 RBIs.
Sara Sanders, P, fr., Crockett
Helped team to District 26-4A championship, posting 19-4 record with 2.00 ERA and 130 strikeouts.
Addison Ard, C, sr., Stony Point
Finished with .967 fielding percentage and helped team to Class 5A playoffs by hitting .429 with 23 RBIs.
Hailey Mackay, 1B, fr., Leander
Didn’t commit an error during season and batted .431 with 37 RBIs and 20 runs scored for regional finalist.
Amber Womack, 2B, fr., Dripping Springs
Versatile infielder named to District 25-4A first team after batting .384 with 20 RBIs and 19 runs scored.
Toni Erwin, SS, sr., Westwood
Virginia Tech signee named District 16-5A offensive player of the year after batting .571, scoring 38 runs and stealing 14 bases.
Jade Jameson, 3B, sr., Pflugerville
First-team District 16-5A honoree finished with .421 batting average while scoring 26 runs and posting .978 fielding percentage.
Desiree Hamilton, OF, jr., McCallum
Second-team All-Centex choice in 2012 batted .616 with seven homers and 45 RBIs this past season. Co-MVP of District 26-4A also scored 33 runs.
Abigail Schade, OF, sr., Cedar Park
Four-year starter batted .348 with 30 runs scored. Signed with Temple College.
Mackinzee Griebel, OF, sr., Lockhart
A&M-Corpus Christi signee hit .471 and piled up 26 steals. Posted perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Brook Chambers, UT, sr., Hyde Park
TAPPS all-state honoree batted .510 and also recorded nine pitching wins while striking out 111.
This version corrects the name of the first-team utility player from Stony Point.