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Pirette softball players receive All-State honors
Monica Cavazos — Pitcher
Innings pitched: 223
Opponents’ Batting Avg: .148
Strike Outs: 333 (averaged 10.45 per game)
Hits: 47 (including 17 doubles and a homerun)
Batting Average: .343 Slugging Percentage: .489
Fielding Percentage: .946
By Robert C. McDonald
Wilson County News
The 2011 high school softball season ended on May 21 for the Poth Pirettes, but since that time, the individual player honors have been rolling in. Members of the Pirette softball team have been on every list from All-District to All-State, and Poth will even send a player to the All-Star game.
Recent graduate and Poth shortstop Kayla Boening tops the list of recent awards, having been named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association East All-Star team where she will represent the Class 1A, 2A, and 3A East all-stars.
“This is a very big honor,” said Poth Head Coach Carilee Robbins. “She was just one of 26 players selected from the state of Texas to play in this game.”
But the honors didn’t stop there. Boening was also named to the San Antonio Express-News Sub 5-A All-Area infield team, the Texas Girls Coaches Association Academic All-State team, and received second-team All-State honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association.
“What can I say about this kid...except that I am really going to miss her next year!” Robbins said. “She took our team, put it on her shoulders, and carried us throughout the season. I could not have asked for a better leader.
“The thing that I most admired about her this season was that she worked to add a power element to her offensive game,” Robbins said. “All of her offensive numbers went up from the 2010 season. Kayla is extremely difficult to defend and very aggressive on the base paths. I know that she is going to do great thing in college.”
Boening will be playing softball at the University of Louisiana at Monroe next year.
Another Pirette who received some well-deserved recognition this year is pitcher Monica Cavazos. In addition to District 29-2A Co-MVP with Boening, Cavazos was named to the San Antonio Express-News All-Area team, the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team, and received second-team All-State honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association.
“Monica may be the only pitcher in the state that actually enjoyed having the pitching mound moved back 3 feet this year,” Robbins said. “In doing so, we were able to integrate more of her pitches together, thus providing a lethal attack against the batter.
“Her best performance this season was in game two of our series with No. 1 Danbury,” she said. “Monica hit her spots and made Danbury make mistakes offensively throughout the game. She was able to hold one of the best offensive teams in the state to 1 run -- and that was off of an error. What she did that day was amazing.”
Another recent Poth graduate who reeled in the honors this year is Lyndsay Lyssy. Lyssy was a District 29-2A first-team selection, was named to the San Antonio Express-News All-Area team, and received Academic All-State recognition from the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
“Lyndsay was like a vacuum in the outfield,” Robbins said. “She has a sprinter’s speed and can get to any ball out there in stride. We decided before the season started to move her from left to centerfield to help her track the ball better and she did an outstanding job.
“Lyndsay had the best arm out there and could pick off runners on base,” she added. “Offensively, her main job was to make contact and run as fast as she could down the line. A majority of her hits were infield grounders that she would beat out.”
Amid the sea of senior talent, the Pirettes also received huge contributions from junior second baseman Heather Rocha.
In addition to Rocha’s first-team All-District selection, she was also named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State Team, and received first-team All-State honors from the Texas Sports Writers Association.
“I like to call her ‘Steady Eddy,’” Robbins joked. “Every game, Heather quietly gets the job done. She hit in our No. 2 spot and did a great job moving the runners and knocking them in.
“Heather also has a tremendous amount of power and can place the ball anywhere on the field,” she added. “One of the stats that jumps off the chart is her school record 59 RBIs in a season. It is because of her power at the plate that the Pirettes were able to go 32-7 this season, scoring a school record of 329 runs. I am very excited that she will be back next year.”
Kaylee Lyssy and Caitlyn Gorzell also received Academic All-State honors from the Texas Girls Coaches Association.
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