Shared from the 5/25/2016 Southside Reporter eEdition

For Highlands freshman named 28-5A’s top catcher, ‘sky is the limit’

Photos by Marvin Pfeiffer / San Antonio Express-News

Highlands catcher Alyssa Flores was among District 28-5A’s leading hitters, with a .484 average, five home runs and 28 RBIs.


Brackenridge junior Jaclyn Rodriguez was named Outstanding Offensive Player for District 28-5A.

Playing with veteran savvy, Highlands freshman Alyssa Flores was recently honored as District 28-5A’s Outstanding Catcher.

Flores was among the district’s leading hitters, with a.484 average. She also had five home runs and 28 RBIs.

“Every time she stepped in the box, we always knew she was going to make something happen,” Highlands coach Monica Acuna said. “She is patient, calm and collected with every at-bat and behind the plate as well. When she stepped on the field, no one saw her as a freshman. They viewed her as a ballplayer and a leader.”

Flores was one of two freshmen among the seven players who earned superlative honors on the all-district team.

“Alyssa is coming into her own as a player and is striving to become better every day,” Acuna said. “If she continues to practice as hard as she does, the sky is the limit for her.”

The other freshman, Nicolette Ramirez of McCollum, was named Newcomer of the Year. Ramirez hit .512 and had two home runs, 20 steals and 12 doubles.

Flores’ teammate Jenelle Rodriguez, a senior, was one of three recognized as Outstanding Defensive Players. Harlan-dale senior Maya Tovar and Edison junior Destiny Hernandez were the others.

Flores and Rodriguez helped lead the Owls to their first playoff appearance since 2002.

McCollum senior Amber Saucedo was a unanimous choice as Outstanding Pitcher. Saucedo was 18-5 with a 1.15 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 121 innings. She was also effective at the plate, with a .446 average, 12 doubles and 10 steals.

Brackenridge junior slugger Jaclyn Rodriguez was named Outstanding Offensive Player.

Two-time district champion McCollum placed two others on the first team: junior Lauryn Martinez and sophomore Bryanna Rodriguez.

Harlandale also had two. There are sophomore Tiara Gomez and freshman Alyssa Segovia.

Brackenridge’s Miranda Sandoval, a senior, and Shaila Reza, a sophomore, also made the first team.

Edison had two, in sophomores Robin Rojas and Mikaela Castillo.

Other first-teamers included Jefferson senior Madelyn Chavez, Lanier junior Brandi Mojica and Highlands freshman Julia Maciel. Twitter: @hinojosa_david

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