Hooks announce preseason small college softball all-stars

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Bishop is leading the way with four award winners on the team.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Repeat honorees Andrea Martinez and Hannah Griffith of Bishop and Sinton’s Annie Kay, a 2020 selection, will lead the small school division of this year’s South Texas Preseason All-Star Softball Team as chosen by the head coaches of 26 Coastal Bend colleges.

Martinez, a year ago Corpus Christi Caller-Times All-South Texas MVP, guided Bishop Softball to its first state tournament appearance in 2021. A Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State pick, she is entering their senior campaign with over 25 wins and more than 500 strikeouts.

Griffith, who had a perfect game in her only start of the playoffs against Monte Alto, served as the lead-off hitter in her debut season as the Badgers’ key shortstop. Bishop is also represented by senior first baseman Mia Tamez and junior third baseman Sadie Flores.

The Badgers’ county rival Santa Gertrudis Academy has three players on the South Texas preseason All-Star team: senior pitcher Jaci Salinas, senior catcher Kayla Ramirez, and senior outfielder Debra Favors. SGA ended 2021 with a record of 36-6 after losing to Bishop in a best-of-three regional finals.

Kay, a 2021 TGCA All-State standout, serves as a senior outfielder on that all-star team, though she earned first-team all-district recognition while shortstoping for Sinton last year. Her Pirates teammate, pitcher Jamie Burch, the only sophomore honored today, received 26-4A first-team cheering as a freshman.

The two Rockport-Fulton representatives are seniors, outfielder Payton Martinez and player-designate Krystal Kutach. Martinez and Kutach were both first-team all-districts in 26-4A.

Rounding out the pitching team is Mathis senior Anyssia Mendoza, who won 22 games while hitting .405 as the Pirates advanced to the regional quarterfinals. Mendoza was the 29-3A co-MVP and a Caller-Times All-South Texas first teamer.

Samantha Mircovich from Ingleside and senior Mikaela Salinas from London were the leading vote collectors at Second Base and Utility respectively. Mircovich was a first-team fielder at 26-4A as a sophomore last season.

2022 South Texas Preseason All-Star Team – Small School Softball Division

Jamie Burch | Sinton | So.

Andrea Martinez | Bishop | sir

Anysia Mendoza | Matthew | sir

Jaci Salinas | Academy of St. Gertrud | sir

Kayla Ramirez | Academy of St. Gertrud | sir

Samantha Mircovich | Ingleside | jr

Sedalia flowers | Bishop | jr

Hannah Griffith | Bishop | sir

Debra favored | Academy of St. Gertrud | sir

Payton Martinez | Rockport Fulton | sir

Crystal Kutach | Rockport Fulton | sir

Mikaela Salinas | London | sir