OUR PRESEASON SOFTBALL HONOR ROLL
TOP 10 TEAMS
(Teams listed with 2017 records, postseason results)
1. Cedar Ridge (24-8)
Postseason: Lost to The Woodlands in Class 6A regional semifinals.
2. Dripping Springs (35-9)
Postseason: Lost to Willis in a Class 5A state semifinal.
3. Elgin (23-6)
Postseason: Lost to Bryan in Class 5A area-round playoff.
4. Austin (26-5)
Postseason: Lost to Rosenberg Lamar Consolidated in Class 5A area-round playoff.
5. Hays (18-10)
Postseason: Lost to San Antonio Brennan in Class 6A area-round playoff.
6. Lockhart (16-7)
Postseason: Lost to Richmond Foster in Class 5A area-round playoff.
7. Hendrickson (27-7)
Postseason: Lost to Bowie in Class 6A regional quarterfinals.
8. Bowie (34-3)
Postseason: Lost to Keller in Class 6A state championship game.
9. La Grange (23-6)
Postseason: Lost to Robinson in Class 4A area-round playoff.
10. Liberty Hill (36-2)
Postseason: Lost to Krum in Class 4A state championship game.
TOP PLAYERS BY POSITION
Pitcher: Maxine Valdez, jr., Hays
Valdez was named the District 25-6A MVP last season after recording 17 wins, posting a 1.79 ERA and batting .380.
Pitcher: Gracy Crafts, jr., Elgin
The 19-5A MVP in 2017, Crafts paired 15 wins with 129 strikeouts. She also hit .384, scoring 33 runs and driving in 27.
Pitcher: Daniella Serna, jr., Austin High
A two-sport standout who also plays basketball, Serna batted better than .400 a year ago and was the Maroons’ pitching ace, too.
Pitcher: Amber Wiggins, jr., Liberty Hill
Wiggins finished with a 23-1 record as a sophomore, and one of her wins came in a Class 4A state semifinal.
Catcher: Victoria Aldridge, sr., Elgin
Besides batting .462 with 38 runs scored and 29 RBIs, Eldridge didn’t commit an error in nearly 200 chances last season.
First base: Brianna Rodriguez, jr., Hays
A first-team all-district honoree last season, Rodriguez batted .455, scored 29 runs and posted a slugging percentage of .660.
Second base: Camille Corona, jr., Dripping Springs
A Texas Longhorns pledge, Corona batted .445 to help the Tigers to the state tournament. She also stole 53 bases in 55 attempts
Shortstop: Alex Hedspeth, sr., Lockhart
An All-Centex honoree at second base in 2017, Hedspeth hit .481, smacked four homers and stole 30 bases last season.
Third base: Tiffany Licon, sr., Bowie
A first-team all-district honoree who helped the Bulldogs advance to the state tournament, Licon batted nearly .400 a year ago.
Outfield: Kinsey Kuhlmann, jr., Liberty Hill
Kuhlmann, who’s comfortable in the infield or outfield, batted .409, hit four homers and drove in 25 runs as a sophomore.
Outfield: Yvonne Castillo, sr., Rouse
Voted the District 19-5A defensive MVP in 2017, Castillo also hit .368 and scored 36 runs.
Outfield: Kamyree Keilberg, soph., Giddings
The speedy Keilberg scored 40 runs to go with a .453 batting average. She also homered five times while driving in 37 runs.
— Butch Hart, AA-S correspondent