The record-breaking season of Jodie Aguirre in the pitching circle has now reached country-wide acclaim with the Alvin Lady Yellowjackets’ right-hander being named to the juniors’ list of the 2019 Maxpreps National High School Underclassmen Softball All-American teams.
Aguirre, who helped the Lady Jackets advance to the regional semifinals, was among 11 pitchers included on the Maxpreps’ list. Teams for the top sophomores and freshmen were also released.
The national selection caps a banner week in which the junior hurler and three other AISD diamond standouts also gained spots on the Houston Chronicle’s All-Greater Houston Softball team.
Aguirre and Manvel Lady Mavericks’ senior catcher Brianna Garcia were both named to the first team, while Lady Jackets’ senior shortstop Clarissa Barron was among the five infielders included on the second team and Shadow Creek freshman outfielder Jillian Gutierrez was recognized on the honorable mention list.
Aguirre delivered an incredible 33-7 record in the circle with 344 strikeouts for the regional semifinalist Lady Jackets, which not only broke both the Alvin victory and K school records, the landmarks also ranked among the state’s and nation’s best pitchers.
The 33 wins ranked second among Texas high school pitchers and also stood third nationwide, while the 344 strikeouts rank second in the state and 10th among national prep hurlers.
Garcia delivered a staggering .556 average at the plate with 28 RBI’s and nine doubles for the area finalist Lady Mavs, while Barron provided a .443 average with 28 RBI’s, 34 runs scored, three home runs, 11 doubles and five triples. Gutierrez batted .529 with 37 RBI’s and 37 runs scored.
Joining Aguirre and Garcia on the first team were pitchers Kennedy Hines (Klein Collins), Alyssa LeBlanc (Katy) and Katy James (Huffman Hargrave); infielders Sydney Hoyt (Barbers Hill), Taylor Pleasants (Dobie), Patricia Yarotsky (Friendswood), Sara Vanderford (Deer Park) and Jourdyn Campbell (Kingwood); outfielders Ashlyn Jones (Cy-Fair), Abriana Garcia (Cypress Lakes) and Star Ferguson (Kempener); catcher Cait Calland (Katy); and utility player/DH Katie Cimusz (Atascocita).
Katy’s Chloee Cobb was selected as the area’s hitter of the year, while Angleton’s Aaliyah Garcia was tabbed as the area’s pitcher of the year. Kalum Haack, of Katy, and Angleton’s Cindy Rubio shared coach of the year honors.
The second team also included pitchers Samantha Landry (Barbers Hill), Britton Rogers (Cypress Ranch), Shelby Smith (Lutheran South) and Caleigh Milligan (Splendora); infielders Imani Edwards (Tomball), Rachel Boeker (Episcopal), Mia Cantu (Klein Collins) and Auyona Moore (Spring); outfielders Riley Martin (Pearland), Baylee Lemons (Magnolia) and Kayla Falterman (The Woodlands); catchers Maggie Herdejurgen (Crosby) and Mika Hinojosa (Angleton); and utility player/DH Brittany Cobb (Oak Ridge).
Alvin went 33-7 overall and after winning the 24-6A crown with a perfect 12-0 mark, the Lady Jackets posted playoff series sweeps over Brazoswood, Pasadena Memorial and Dobie. The Lady Mavs went 21-12 and earned the third-place playoff seed in 24-5A, while the 21-10 fourth-seeded Lady Sharks earned their first postseason berth in school history.
Greer named to AGH second baseball team - Shadow Creek shortstop Ben Greer was named to the Chronicle’s All-Greater Houston Baseball Second team.
The offensive player of year in 24-5A batted .462 with 41 runs scored, 24 RBI’s, 24 stolen bases, seven doubles, eight triples and seven doubles for the area finalist Sharks.
The Sharks made the postseason for the first time in school history as the district’s fourth seed. Shadow Creek went 19-10-1 overall and swept Houston Milby in the best-of-three bi-district playoff series.
The AGH first team featured pitchers J.J. Goss (Cypress Ranch), Masyn Winn (Kingwood), Hayde Key (Ridge Point) and Josh Wolfe (St. Thomas); infielders Armani Sanchez (Heights), Joe Effenberger (Sweeny), Peyton Chatagnier (Cy-Fair), Kyle Sonduck (Katy Tompkins) and Drew Woodcock (Lamar); outfielders Jordan Grice (Tomball Memorial), Luke Johnson (Kingwood) and Jackson Brown (Katy Tompkins); catchers Jared Alvarez-Lopez (Cypress Ranch) and Drew Romo (The Woodlands); and utility player/DH Dylan Theut (Fulshear).
Player of the year honors went to Kingwood’s Tre Richardson and Cypress Ranch’s Matt Thompson gained pitcher of the year accolades, while Ridge Point’s Clinton Welch was tabbed as the area’s coach of the year.
Rounding out the second team picks were pitchers Rome Shubert (Santa Fe), Connor Phillips (Magnolia West), Andre Duplantier (Summer Creek) and Stone Simmons (Kinkaid); infielders Mark Gomez (La Porte), Eric Oates (Tomball), Trevor Werner (Klein), Christian Gutierrez (Aldine) and Gavin Baird (Angleton); outfielders Xavier Lovett (Westfield) and Jake Hymel (Cypress Ranch); catchers Will Pendergrass (Ridge Point) and Cade Sitka (Richmond Foster); and utility player/DH Thomas Vincent (Memorial).