Tyler Lee showed improvement on the softball field in 2019 under second-year head coach Justin Kniffen.
The Lady Raiders won their first district game against a league opponent other than John Tyler for the first time in five years when they defeated Mesquite 6-5 in eight innings on March 12.
The Lady Raiders were rewarded for their efforts with four players making the All-District 11-6A team as honorable mention selections.
Samira Matlock, Brooke Davis, Hayden Seamands and Tori Sanchez all made the team. Matlock, Davis and Seamands were all freshmen, while Sanchez was a senior who participated in the FCA Heart of a Champion All-Star Game.
The Lady Raiders also had six Academic All-District selections — Kendra Britton, Aiyanna Martinez, Angel Valladares, Brooke Davis, Hayden Seamands and Samira Matlock.
Longview captured two superlatives. Junior Cameron Kennedy was the Pitcher of the Year, and junior Jordan McClain was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Rockwall-Heath junior Tristin Court was selected as the Most Valuable Player.
Rockwall had the Offensive Player of the Year (Reagan Swindall) and Catcher of the Year (Samantha Bean). Rockwall’s Shadie Acosta was also the Coach of the Year.
Mesquite Horn freshman Kailee Isaac-Bautista was picked as the Newcomer of the Year.
First-team selections were Longview’s Kerris Cameron and Zekyia Robinson; Rockwall’s Lexi Coward, Megan Hampton, Liz Monks and Carter Smith; North Mesquite’s Haleigh Mitchell and Lexie Foreman; Rockwall-Heath’s Abigail Renteria, Sophia Bailey and Emi Young; Mesquite’s Caitlin Giles and Madi Hayes; and Mesquite Horn’s Alyssa Spoerl and Tabitha Borden.
The team was voted on by the district’s coaches.
All-District 11-6A Softball
MVP — Tristin Court, Rockwall-Heath, junior
Pitcher of the Year — Cameron Kennedy, Longview, junior
Offensive Player of the Year — Reagan Swindall, Rockwall, senior
Catcher of the Year — Samantha Bean, Rockwall, senior
Defensive Player of the Year — Jordan McClain, Longview, junior
Newcomer of the Year — Kailee Isaac-Bautsita, Mesquite Horn, freshman
Coach of the Year — Shadie Acosta, Rockwall
Pitcher — Lexi Coward, Rockwall, junior; Alyssa Spoerl, Mesquite Horn, senior
Catcher — Kerris Cameron, Longview, junior
Infield — Haleigh Mitchell, North Mesquite, junior; Abigail Renteria, Rockwall-heath, senior; Caitlin Giles, Mesquite, senior; Zekyia Robinson, Longview, junior; Megan Hampton, Rockwall, sophomore; Liz Monks, Rockwall, senior
Outfield — Lexie Foreman, North Mesquite, senior; Tabitha Borden, Mesquite Horn, senior; Sophia Bailey, Rockwall-Heath, sophomore; Emi Young, Rockwall-Heath, senior; Carter Smith, Rockwall, sophomore
Utility — Madi Hayes, Mesquite, junior
Pitcher — Shelby Curtis, Rockwall-Heath, junior; Paige Harris, Rockwall, junior; Azlyn Hornsby, North Mesquite, freshman
Catcher — Carressa Smith, North Mesquite, senior
Infield — Leah Dever, Mesquite Horn, senior; Avery Cotton, Longview, junior; Kiana Beasley, Mesquite, freshman; Ashley Monks, Rockwall, sophomore
Outfield — Desteney Ponciano, North Mesquite, senior; Alexius Allen, Longview, senior; Diamond Oliver, Mesquite, junior; Macie Calcom, Mesquite Horn, senior
Utility — Taylor Thompson, Mesquite Horn, junior; Ashley Minor, Rockwall, freshman
Tyler Lee — Samira Matlock, Brooke Davis, Hayden Seamands, Tori Sanchez
Rockwall-Heath — Lily Wilson, Danielle Gillean, Meghan McDonald, Abby Lowery
Mesquite — Jazelle Hernandez, Hunter Gilmore
North Mesquite— Karsen Lampkin, Avery Valdez, Kaitlyn Brown
Mesquite Horn — Meagan Youngman, Jadyn Julka, Taylor Johnson
Rockwall — Ella Laurence, Madison Barnes, Erica Speer, Sarah Collins, Abbey Cassady
Tyler Lee — Kendra Britton, Aiyanna Martinez, Angel Valladares, Brooke Davis, Hayden Seamands, Samira Matlock
Rockwall-Heath — Emily Baker, Tristin Court, Delaney Drain, Danielle Gillean, Abigail Renteria, Lily Wilson, Emi Young
Mesquite — Kiana Beasley, Caitlin Giles, Madison Hays, Jazelle Hernandez
North Mesqute — Karsen Lampkin, Avery Valdez
Mesquite Horn — Tabitha Borden, Kailee Isaac-Bautista, Taylor Johnson, Macie Malcom, Elizabeth Mendoza, Alyssa Spoerl, Lauren Stokes, Meagan Youngman
Rockwall — Sam Bean, Sarah Collins, Liz Monks, Erica Speer, Reagan Swindall, Madison Barnes, Ashley Minor, Elizabeth Schaefer