Johnson County has become a home to some stellar softball over the past five-plus seasons, and the team success along with individual depth and talent pool is reflected in the Pinnacle Bank 2019 All-Johnson County softball teams.
Seven of the 10 teams in Johnson County reached the postseason with five of those teams winning at least one round in the playoffs.
Johnson County was also home to three district champions in 2019; Venus went 10-0 to clinch the District 17-4A title, Joshua went 9-3 to capture the District 14-5A championship, and Grandview was a co-champion in District 17-3A.
The Lady Owls and Lady Zebras each reached the regional quarterfinals, tying for the deepest postseason run in the county. Joshua lost to eventual state tournament qualifier Forney while Grandview lost to Little River Academy.
Including superlative awards along with first- and second-team selections, Grandview (29-9) and Joshua (25-12) lead the All-Johnson County team with eight selections apiece.
“We are honored to be recognized for our accomplishments this season,” Joshua Coach Traci Bransom said. “It certainly feels good to put in the work and to have something to show for it. I hope that it will motivate our upcoming players to put in the time and effort.”
“It takes a lot of hard work to be able to do what these kids do each and every year,” Grandview Coach Ron Holton said. “We have some talented softball kids here at Grandview, but it takes a lot of dedication as well. Our seniors try to pay it forward each year from things that have been passed down from the seniors before them. We have been very blessed.”
Burleson (19-7) and Venus’ (21-2-2) six selections are second in the county while Alvarado (15-13-1), Burleson Centennial (12-15) and Godley (18-9-1) each have five.
“Having so many of my girls represented is amazing,” Burleson Coach Summer Owen said. “I’m so proud of all the the hard work they put in. This is a special group of girls I have right now, and I think their future is unlimited!”
“I am super excited for our girls to be recognized,” Venus Coach Dayberly Spray said. “We are looking forward to next year. We have the majority of our team returning, so it should be a fun season.”
The Lady Owls headline the All-Johnson County first team with four selections in senior Anne-Elise Gest (.367/.496/.500, 28 RBIs, 3 HR, 37 runs), senior Cassie Wallace (.356/.432/.529, 32 RBI, 14 XBH, 2 HR, 25 runs), senior Catherine Murphy (.422/.518/.833, 38 RBIs, 23 XBH, 4 HR) and junior Reese Rumfield (.451/.525/.686, 41 RBIs, 12 XBH, 5 HR, 34 runs).
Grandview and Burleson each received three selections on the all-county first team.
For the Lady Zebras, junior Camden Harroff (.472/.500/.630, 38 RBIs, 15 XBH, 31 runs), junior Raeleigh Mullins (.469/.504/.522, 25 RBIs, 41 runs) and freshman Morgan Holliday, Grandview (.505/.557/.650, 28 RBIs, 9 XBH, 2 HR, 49 runs) garnered first-team honors.
And for the Lady Elks, senior Natali Wheeler (.518/.580/1.000, 38 RBIs, 22 XBH, 6 HR, 46 runs), sophomore Brailey Wasik (.427/.516/.640, 35 RBIs, 3 HR — 15-4, 132 Ks, 2.77 ERA) and sophomore Bailey Whitley (.411/.470/.712, 30 RBIs, 14 XBH, 4 HR, 21 runs) were first-team selections.
Alvarado senior Haidyn Ransdell (.412/.471/.518, 27 RBIs, 18 runs) and senior Faith Waugh (.474/.549/.546, 10 RBI, 46 runs) represent the Lady Indians on the first team.
Burleson Centennial placed two players on the first team in senior Karter Hill (.478/.529/.598, 20 RBIs, 33 runs) and sophomore Sam Barker (.395/.495/.506, 29 RBI, 29 runs)
The Godley Lady Cats are represented by senior Nicole Yarbrough (.367/.377/.520, 44 RBIs, 18 runs, 11 XBH) and sophomore Skylar Tew (.438/.590/.863, 26 RBIs, 14 XBH, 7 HR, 28 runs).
Rio Vista received one first-team honor in sophomore Haila Linton (.421/.542/.711, 20 RBIs, 12 XBH, 4 HR, 39 runs — 37 IP, 7-0, 56 K, 3.02 ERA, .967 fielding %).
And the Venus Lady Bulldogs garnered a pair of first-teamers in sophomore Natalie Lopez (.400, 17 RBIs, 1.000 FP) and junior Alexis Jasso (.400, 21 RBIs).
Burleson Centennial, Cleburne and Venus each received three selections on the All-Johnson County second team.
The Lady Spartans’ second-team trio includes junior Presley Green (.359/.481/.672, 20 RBIs, 4 HR, 18 runs), junior Madison Thurman (.351/.448/.581, 27 RBIs, 3 HR, 12 runs) and senior Kylee Gowin (.409/.475/.432, 9 RBIs, 26 runs)
In addition to Abby Horn garnering co-offensive player of the year honors, the Lady Jackets are represented by senior Baylie Ritchey (.346/.460/.481, 11 RBIs, 15 runs — 106 of Cleburne’s 115 innings pitched, 89 Ks), junior Hanna Roye (.310/.375/.379, 14 runs), and sophomore Erin Castillo (.339/.426/.441, 14 RBIs, 16 runs) on the second team.
Venus’ second-team selections include senior Nayda Rodriguez (.310, 1.000 fielding %), sophomore Shyann Lewis (.250) and junior Paige Loewen (.350, 1.000 fielding %).
The rest of the All-Johnson County second team is comprised of: Alvarado freshman Abby Tatum (.355/.436/.505, 21 RBIs, 39 runs), Alvarado junior Brooke Nalley (.352/.424/.443, 26 RBIs, 14 runs), Burleson senior Kyleigh Rich (.408/.454/.582, 30 RBIs, 3 HR, 15 runs), Burleson junior Bridgette Montes (.452/.509/.570, 28 RBIs, 32 runs), Godley senior Reagan Haller (.381/.490/.417, 18 RBIs, 28 runs — .971 FP), Godley junior Lexi Ebbens (.333/.430/.528, 17 RBIs, 17 runs — 107 IP, 11-8, 69 K, .968 FP), Grandview sophomore London Cooper (.427/.467/.490, 28 RBIs, 31 runs), Joshua senior Kaitlyn Stone (.352/.435/.438, 26 RBIs, 37 runs), Joshua freshman Rylie Rumfield (.402/.484/.561, 21 RBIs, 42 runs), Keene sophomore Miranda Thompson (stats not available), and Rio Vista senior Sarah Cox (.270/.370/.317, 13 RBIs, 12 runs).
The All-Johnson County softball superlative selections are chosen by the Times-Review based on all-district selections, player stats, team success and coaches’ input.