Brenda Ledesma Named Laredo's Offensive Player Of The Year
United South Softball dominated the All-City selections.
United South swept the top four honors after its historic year that had the Lady Panthers in the playoffs for the first time in school history.
United South senior shortstop Priscilla Ruiz was named the first LMT Most Valuable Player for her overall play in the field.
Ruiz was one of the most dynamic shortstops in the district, producing numerous acrobatic plays.
She also carried around a big bat at the plate with a .500 batting average that produced 38 RBIs with 20 singles, 12 doubles and eight triples.
Pitcher of the Year went to South sophomore Selina Rubio.
Hitter of the Year went to her teammate Brenda Ledesma, who accumulated a .571 batting average.
Ledesma was the only local athlete to rip a ball out of the ballpark twice this year.
The two home runs complemented the 32 RBIs.
Coach of the Year honors went to United South’s Diana Isassi, who took the Lady Panthers into the playoffs for the first time.
“It is a great honor to be the first Coach of the Year,” Isassi said.
“This is a goal that I had for myself when I started coaching.”
Isassi took a program that was on the rise into the playoffs and recorded Laredo’s highest finish in the district standings.
The LMT All-City team include: United’s Sarah Garcia (pitcher), Ali Sanchez (first base), and Rebecca Garcia, (third base); Nixon’s Vanessa Vicharelli (second base),
Priscilla Tijerina (outfield) and Valerie Urdiales (outfield); and LBJ’s Shelby Schunior (shortstop) and Maria Castro (outfield).
Garcia was the Lady Longhorns’ No. 1 pitcher and helped United return to the postseason after one year’s absence.
Sanchez made great plays at first base for United and was also steady with the bat with a .447 batting average, while Garcia played the hot corner with great precision and accuracy.
Nixon flirted with a playoff spot all season and even forced a play-off tournament with United and United South.
Vicharelli, along with Tijerina and Urdiales, were the mainstays of Nixon’s offense and had a .434 batting average to account for most of the Lady Mustangs’ offense.
Schunior was an outstanding softball player from the first moment she suited up for LBJ during her freshman year, but this year she had a supporting cast that put the Lady Wolves in playoff contention.
She was the Lady Wolves’ main offensive weapon with a .383 batting average, while Castro was LBJ’s ace as a sophomore.