High school softball: preseason top teams, top players



(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.


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

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