Aguirre receives Hayne scholarship

Alvin Softball pitcher Jodie Aguirre (center) was the recipient of the Spirit of Haynie Giavanna Gardella Scholarship during pregame ceremonies of the Haynie Spirit "Strikeout Cancer" Tournament on Friday.

(Staff photo by Stephen Collins)

The Alvin Lady Yellowjackets continued their early season roll and won all the six of their games at the Haynie Spirit “Strike Out Cancer” Softball Tournament last weekend.

Alvin senior pitcher Jodie Aguirre was the recipient of the Spirit of Haynie Giavanna Gardella Scholarship on Friday and then came back to fire a no-hitter against defending state champion Katy Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Jackets (13-0) posted victories over Foster (5-1), Dekaney (15-0), HYCA (15-2), Cy Woods (7-0), Katy (8-0) and Klein Collins (2-0).

Tournaments highlights included Victoria Valdez going 3-for-4 and Roni Harrison driving in three runs against Foster; Harrison slugging a homer with four RBI’s and Chloe Foster adding three RBI’s against Dekaney; Valdez delivering a four-RBI game against HYCA; Alyssa Garivey going deep and driving in three runs against Cy Woods; Kaitlyn Kincaide providing a pair of RBI’s to back the Aguirre no-hitter against Katy and Jordan Fredric and Harrison collecting RBI’s in the finale against Collins.

In other area action, the Manvel Lady Mavericks defeated the Shadow Creek Lady Sharks 13-4 in the teams’ 24-5A opener on Feb. 25 in Pearland. Addison Greak delivered four hits in the contest, while Riley Bennett slugged a pair of home runs with five RBI's and Payton Wilsey joined Katie Bishop and Katelyn Schneider with two RBI’s apiece.

The Lady Mavs also picked up two Haynie Spirit Tourneys win over Harleton (6-3 &14-2) and a 17-2 victory over Kempner.

Bennett had two hits and three RBI’s in the first game against Harleton, while Devin Lofton drove in five runs against Kempner and Samantha Carder added three RBI’s. The Lady Mavs next play at Angleton on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Alvin ranked first in state TGCA poll - The Lady Jackets’ quick start has also vaulted them to the No. 1 spot in the Texas Girls Coaches’ Association’s Class 6A poll.

Klein Collins is next in the number two spot, followed by Edinburg Vela, El Paso Socorro and Houston Heights to round out the top five. The remaining order includes Pearland, Laredo Nixon, Brazoswood, Leander, Atascocita, Smithson Valley, Plano, Kingwood, San Antonio MacArthur and Cy Woods.

The 5A poll includes the following ranked order: 1. Forney; 2. El Paso Jefferson; 3. Frisco Heritage; 4. Leander Glenn; 5. Corpus Christi Calallen; 6. El Paso Hanks; 7. Barbers Hill; 8. Eastview; 9. Grandbury; 10. Crowley; 11. Waller; 12. Santa Fe; 13. El Dorado. 

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