High school softball: 2018 All-Central Texas team


PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Gracy Crafts, Sr., Elgin

Whether on the mound or at the plate for one of the area’s top programs, Crafts earned a second consecutive All-Central Texas selection after powering the Wildcats to the Region II-5A finals.

As a pitcher, she compiled a 21-4 record with 217 strikeouts and a 1.26 ERA in 171.2 innings. She showed her grit in the regional championship against Mont Belvieu Barbers Hill by throwing all 25 innings in a taut, three-game series that featured two extra-inning games.

Crafts didn’t rest at the plate, either — a .352 hitting average with three home runs, 35 RBIs and 25 runs scored.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Kaylee Cavazos, Fr., San Marcos

Entrusted with the responsibilities of playing shortstop for a Class 6A squad with playoff aspirations, Cavazos never blinked while helping the Rattlers to the District 14-6A title.

Cavazos also kept her focus at the plate for San Marcos, which upset defending regional champion Bowie for the district championship. The right-hander hit .400 with 28 RBIs and scored 27 runs for coach Cathy Stoughton, herself a former member of the All-Central Texas team.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Billy Coleman, Lake Travis

Prior to the season, Coleman — a veteran coach who won a Class 3A state championship at Celina in 2011 — took over a solid Lake Travis program that annually makes forays into the playoffs.

But this past spring the Cavs took the next step, winning their first district championship in six seasons and their first as a Class 6A squad. Lake Travis ended the season with a 25-10-3 record and a spot in the second round of the playoffs.

FIRST TEAM

Pitcher: Gracy Crafts, Jr., Elgin

A bedrock of the 5A regional finalist Wildcats, she went 21-4 with a 1.26 ERA and 217 strikeouts.

Catcher: Grace Ross, So., Crockett

25-5A’s offensive player of the year led the Austin area with a .689 average with 22 RBIs.

First base: Jessica Truax, Sr., Liberty Hill

The regional quarterfinalists’ star hit .410 with 4 HRs, 30 RBIs; earned 19-4A first-team honors.

Second base: Alex Hedspeth, Sr., Lockhart

26-5A’s unanimous MVP and SFA signee hit .613 with 6 HRs, 39 RBIs, 47 runs and 20 stolen bases.

Shortstop: Camille Corona, Jr., Dripping Springs

The UT pledge and three-time All-Centex selection had 29 RBIs, 22 steals and hit .586 this year.

Third base: Avalon Sanchez, So., Hyde Park

Power hitter was all-state, hit .711, tied a school record with 13 HRs and set a new mark with 72 RBIs.

Outfielder: Jessica Day, Jr., Lake Travis

Hit .480 with 5 HRs and 30 RBIs for the 25-6A champs while showing versatility by playing OF, 3B.

Outfielder: Sydney Fritsch, Jr., La Grange

Speedy CF hit .449 with six homers and 36 RBIs while helping the Leopards to the District 20-4A championship.

Outfielder: Baylea Brandon, Fr., Leander

25-6A’s offensive MVP hit .536 with 6 HRs and 27 RBIs in her varsity debu season.

Utility: Danielle Serna, Jr., Austin High

An All-Centex OF in ‘17, she hit .490 with 4 HRs, 22 RBIs and 31 runs and had a 0.48 ERA, 127 Ks.

SECOND TEAM

Pitcher: Logan Hulon, Jr., Dripping Springs

The UH pledge was 26-5A’s pitcher of the year, going 17-6 with a 0.62 ERA and 286 strikeouts.

Catcher: Bailey Vannoy, Jr., Rouse

Hit .492 with 28 RBIs , 7 HRs; she’ll graduate in December and enroll early at UNC-Charlotte.

First base: Caitlyn Rangel, Sr., Austin High

A leadoff hitter for the 25-5A champions and regional quarterfinalists hit .437 and scored 36 runs.

Second base: Erika Richardson, Sr., Cedar Ridge

13-6A’s MVP hit .421 with 23 RBIs and 24 runs for a 20-4-1 team that won a district championship.

Shortstop: Alyssa Popelka, Jr., Westwood

District 13-6A’s co-offensive player of the year hit .592 with 29 runs and 30 stolen bases.

Third base: Sloane Johnson, Sr., Lampasas

Earned 19-4A MVP honors after hitting .480 with 5 HRs, 38 RBIs; signed with Tyler JC.

Outfielder: Abbey Smith, Fr., Bowie

An impressive debut season — .550, 27 runs, 17 steals and an all-district nod in District 14-6A.

Outfielder: Carissa Garza, Jr., Liberty Hill

All-district selection hit .484 with 15 RBIs and scored 31 runs for 19-4A’s runner-up Panthers.

Outfielder: Jaqueline Johnson, Sr., Wimberley

A key hitter for the 27-4A champs, she hit .426 and compiled 31 RBIs, 38 runs and 15 stolen bases.

Utility: Jayci Martinka, So., Thorndale

The 27-2A offensive MVP led her 24-4-1 team with a .580 average, 29 RBIs and 42 runs scores.

THIRD TEAM

Pitcher: Tori McCann, Jr., Cedar Ridge

The 13-6A pitcher of the year went 13-1 with 152 Ks and a 1.03 ERA for a 20-4-1 district title team.

Catcher: Macy McRight, So., Hutto

19-5A’s offensive MVP hit .540 with 5 HRs and 35 RBIs for a team that narrowly missed the playoffs.

First base: Brianna Rodriguez, Jr., Hays

The all-district selection hit .424 with 24 RBIs and 26 runs for a team that reached the area round.

Second base: Melayna Lopez, Jr., Vista Ridge

Was the centerpiece for a team that was second in 25-6A, hitting .530 with 16 RBIs and 36 runs.

Shortstop: Ashley Porter, Sr., Thrall

27-2A’s defensive MVP hit .538 with 27 RBIs and 4 HRs for a team that reached the postseason.

Third base: Melanie Castilla, Sr., San Marcos

Heart and soul of the 14-6A champs hit .387 and scored 24 runs as a leadoff hitter; a district MVP.

Outfielder: Eryn Carter, Sr., Elgin

Defensive-minded LF had 30 putouts but also hit .406 with 14 RBIs, 36 runs for the 19-5A champs.

Outfielder: Brea McElderry, Sr., Hendrickson

The Hawks’ CF earned 13-6A defensive MVP honors while also hitting .457 with 15 RBIs, 30 runs.

Outfielder: Allie Messenger, Sr., Wimberley

Half of a solid OF combo (Jaqueline Johnson), Messenger hit .427 with 26 RBIs, 34 runs, 15 steals.

Utility: Victoria Aldridge, Sr., Elgin

All-state C with a .990 fielding percentage and 266 putouts, she also hit .426 with 29 RBIs, 32 runs.

—THOMAS JONES



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