Veterans Memorial and Calallen lead with three selections each.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — For the 18th year in a row, the Hooks polled high school coaches to honor the top student-athletes in the region. The 2022 South Texas Preseason All-Star Team – Large School Baseball Division – consists of a trio of Calallen and three standout players from the Veterans Memorial.
Wildcats senior Justin Lamkin anchors the three-man pitching team. Lamkin, a repeat pick committed by Texas-A&M, won all 11 decisions while posting a .83 ERA last year to go along with 167 strikeouts in 84 innings for Calallen. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound southpaw threw a pair of no-hitters en route to the Texas Sports Writers Association First-Team Class 4A All-State Honors.
Joining Lamkin in the preseason All-Star roster are Calallen teammates Brayden Sprencel, a senior selected as a first baseman, and senior outfielder Terik Hickmon. The Wildcats rank third — just behind rival Sinton — in the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association’s Class 4A preseason poll. The Pirates defeated Calallen in the regional finals last year.
Veterans Memorial, ranked #7 in the THSBCA 5A Preseason Poll, is represented by senior pitcher Xavier Perez, senior second baseman Jake Martinez and senior outfielder Nick Reyes. Perez, a Florida conscript, was honored on this all-star team last year. He responded by going 7-2 with a 1.27 ERA and 85 strikeouts in 71.2 innings. Perez, also an outfielder, hit .351 with 18 extra base hits and 31 RBIs. Like Perez, Reyes earned first-team All-29-5A honors in 2021.
Ray’s Keevyn Goss makes up the rest of Large School Baseball’s pitching staff. Goss, who is scheduled to play Baptist college ball at Houston, compiled a 10-2 record and 2.68 ERA while fanning out 108 in 75 2/3 innings as a sophomore in 2021. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound southpaw took home the first-team All-South Texas Honors by the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. Texas junior Jack Bell is listed as the All-Star Team’s shortstop. Bell is committed to the state of Arizona.
Gregory-Portland’s Easton Dowell repeats as a preseason All-Star at third base. Dowell, a Texas Tech signee, batted .400 a year ago as a junior for the Wildcats and hit 17 extra bases with the club. GP reached the fourth round of the playoffs, falling to Leander Rouse in the regional semifinals.
Carroll, who was beaten by GP in the third round of the postseason, is the honor team’s designated hitter, Junior Easton Hewitt.
Senior Nash Villegas, who quartered the Flour Bluff Football Hornets to their first regional championship this winter, was the leading vote collector at the catcher. Tuloso-Midway’s Camdyn Rozypal rounds out the outfield while Victoria East’s Kaden Kolle secures a place at Utility. Rozypal was the 31-4A MVP of 2021, batting .393 with 37 runs scored, seven doubles, seven triples, two things, 40 RBIs and 23 stolen bases.
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2022 South Texas Preseason All-Star Team – Big School Baseball Division
Justin Lamkins | calalea | sir
Xavier Perez | Veterans Memorial | sir
Nash Villegas | Flour Bluff | sir
Brayden Sprencel | calalea | sir
Jake Martinez | Veterans Memorial | sir
Easton Dowell | General Practitioner | sir
Hot Hickmon | Callalles | sir
Nick Reyes | Veterans Memorial | sir
Camdyn Rozypal | Tuloso-Midway | sir
Easton Hewitt | Caroll | jr
Caden coll | Victoria East | sir