Liberty Hill's Rylee Slimp headlines our All-Central Texas softball team

The Austin American-Statesman's 2024 All-Central Texas softball team:

Player of the year: Rylee Slimp, Liberty Hill

The UCLA signee was District 25-5A's MVP, played center field and hit leadoff for the district champion and regional finalist Panthers. Slimp batted .551 and scored 66 runs while also stealing 49 bases in 49 attempts. She had 16 doubles, nine triples, six home runs and 42 RBIs.

Also considered: Dripping Springs' Haiden Anderson, Georgetown's Cambree Creager, Hyde Park's Taylor Haywood and Vista Ridge's Brooke Wells

Liberty Hill senior Rylee Slimp led the Panthers to the District 25-5A championship and the regional finals. The UCLA signee batted .551, scored 66 runs, stole 49 bases and had 42 RBIs.
Liberty Hill senior Rylee Slimp led the Panthers to the District 25-5A championship and the regional finals. The UCLA signee batted .551, scored 66 runs, stole 49 bases and had 42 RBIs.

Newcomer of the year: Julie Rodriguez, Lake Travis

The freshman pitcher hurled more than 200 innings and led the Cavaliers to the Region IV-6A tournament with a streak that included three straight extra-inning, complete-game victories. Rodriguez won 21 games in the circle and batted .359 with 39 RBIs.

Also considered: Cedar Ridge's London Collins, Dripping Springs' Lorelei Gamble, Liberty Hill's Bella Nicholson and Hyde Park's Alexa Stout.

Coach of the year: John Carpenter, Hyde Park

Carpenter led the Panthers to a 37-6 season and a run to the TAPPS state tournament semifinals. Hyde Park hit 55 home runs and scored 433 runs. Carpenter has fashioned a 109-15 record at Hyde Park since the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Also considered: Liberty Hill's Kristen Brewer, Lake Travis' Kaycee Taylor, Cedar Ridge's Kelsi Weseman and Dripping Springs' Wade Womack.

Georgetown's Cambree Creager was a four-year standout for the Eagles who closed out her high school career with a 53-7 record and 559 strikeouts. She has signed to play at Arizona State.
Georgetown's Cambree Creager was a four-year standout for the Eagles who closed out her high school career with a 53-7 record and 559 strikeouts. She has signed to play at Arizona State.

First team

P: Haiden Anderson, sr., Dripping Springs: The 26-6A MVP and all-state selection went 18-8 with 16 complete games and one save, with 144 K's and a 2.03 ERA. She also hit .416 wit 47 RBIs, 12 homers and 10 doubles.

P: Cambree Creager, sr., Georgetown: The Arizona State signee and four-year all-district pick was 25-5A's two-time pitcher of the year. Despite starting the season on a pitch count coming off a summer shoulder injury, she went 14-1 with 147 K's and a 0.67 ERA in 94 innings. She closed her Eagles career with a 53-7 record and 559 strikeouts.

P: Taylor Haywood, sr., Hyde Park: The all-district and first-team TAPPS all-state pick set a school record with 29 pitching wins, along with 305 K's and a 1.24 ERA. At the plate she hit .548 with 10 home runs, 48 RBIs and 63 runs.

C: Anya German, sr., Bowie: The four-time All-Centex player batted .459 with 45 hits, including 13 doubles, eight home runs and 39 RBIs. She had four homers and 18 RBIs in district play.

IF: Valeria Feeney, jr., Bowie: The returning All-Centex standout hit .457 with 49 RBIs, 14 doubles and five homers. In district, she hit .468 with 24 RBIs.

Dripping Springs' Jai-Lynn Flores won nine games in the circle this season with three saves and 71 strikeouts.
Dripping Springs' Jai-Lynn Flores won nine games in the circle this season with three saves and 71 strikeouts.

IF: Jai-Lynn Flores, jr., Dripping Springs: Hit .403 with 36 RBIs, 7 HRs and 10 doubles, and in the circle she won nine games and had three saves with 71 K's and a 2.54 ERA.

IF: Skye Perez, sr., Hyde Park: The three-time All-Centex pick batted .510 with 60 hits, a school-record 13 homers, 55 RBIs and 53 runs scored for the TAPPS state semifinalists. The district co-MVP also set school career marks with 41 homers, 215 hits, 225 runs and 218 RBIs.

IF: Maddie Strader, sr., Leander: The four-time all-district player hit .497 with 71 hits, 20 doubles, 12 triples and eight homers while scoring 65 runs with 34 RBIs. She was 30-for-31 on stolen bases.

OF: Caitlin Benningfield, jr., Cedar Ridge: The 25-6A offensive MVP and two-time All-Centex pick hit .519 with an .887 slugging percentage, three doubles, four triples, four homers, 22 RBIs, 40 runs scored and 11 steals. She also went 9-1 with 80 K's and a 0.98 ERA.

Vista Ridge's Brooke Wells closed out her high school career with an impressive season. The 25-6A MVP batted .556 with 15 home runs, 40 RBIs and 39 runs.
Vista Ridge's Brooke Wells closed out her high school career with an impressive season. The 25-6A MVP batted .556 with 15 home runs, 40 RBIs and 39 runs.

OF: Rachel Grundei, soph., Leander: The two-time all-district pick led the Lions with 63 RBIs and hit .481 with a .992 slugging percentage. She had 12 homers, 12 doubles, 10 triples, 36 steals and 21 runs for the regional semifinalists.

OF: Rylee Slimp, sr., Liberty Hill: Our Central Texas player of the year was a gold glove outfielder who's bound for UCLA after going a perfect 49-for-49 in stolen baes and scoring 66 runs as the Panthers' leadoff hitter.

UT: Brooke Wells, sr., Vista Ridge: The 25-6A MVP closed her impressive career with another big season, batting .556 with 15 homers, 40 RBIs, 39 runs, only three strikeouts and 38 walks in more than 100 plate appearances. And in the circle, she had 112 K's in 72 innings. She leaves with 34 career pitching wins, 426 strikeouts, a 1.96 ERA, 52 home runs, 158 RBIs, 130 runs, 110 walks and a career .519 average.

Second team

P: Julie Rodriguez, fr., Lake Travis: Our Central Texas newcomer of the year notched 21 wins with 238 K's and a 3.08 ERA in 224 innings, and she hit .359 with six homers, 39 RBIs and eight doubles.

P: Tiffany Sanchez, sr., Del Valle: The 26-6A pitcher of the year won 10 games with 177 K's and a 1.46 ERA.

P: Kendall Ward, sr., Cedar Ridge: The 25-6A pitcher of the year went 10-2 with a 0.93 ERA and 118 K's in 67 innings and hit .338 with 22 RBIs and 17 runs scored.

C: Catelyn Beckerley, sr., Leander: The 25-5A catcher of the year hit .359 with three homers, 36 RBIs, 44 runs, nine doubles and five triples. She struck out only five times.

IF: Gwyn Burnet, sr., Llano: Hit .677 with 44 hits, 52 runs and 20 RBIs for the district champion Yellowjackets.

IF: Brantley Lavas, sr., Round Rock: Hit .605 for the Dragons with a .907 slugging percentage and is a three-time all-district and two-time All-Centex pick.

IF: Addison Otto, soph., Smithville: Hit .494 with 10 homers, 10 doubles, five triples, 38 RBIs, 48 runs and 36 steals in 36 attempts. She also won 11 games in the circle with 132 K's in 113 innings. As a shortstop, she had 61 assists, 18 putouts and four double plays.

IF: Mia Rincon, sr., Westlake: The 26-6A offensive player of the year hit .484 with 43 hits, 18 doubles, nine homers and 39 runs scored, along with 10 walks.

OF: Isabella Loredo Awmiller, soph., Glenn: The first-year starter hit .456 and was a unanimous first-team all-district selection.

OF: Addison Shifflet, sr., Liberty Hill: Hit .434 with 66 RBIs, 44 runs, 10 homers, 24 doubles and nine triples for the regional finalists.

OF: Sierra Winner, sr., Cedar Ridge: Patrolled center field for the state- and nationally ranked Raiders, hitting .380 with 16 extra-base hits, 22 RBIs, 40 runs and 11 steals.

UT: Jessica Cantrell, sr., Elgin: The 23-5A pitcher of the year went 19-9 with 379 K's and a 1.78 ERA in 137 innings and hit .446 with four triples, four homers, 23 RBIs and 14 walks.

Third team

P: Kezia Alvear, sr., Hays: Texas Lutheran signee had 11 wins in 99 innings and hit .385.

P: Rose Harrelson, soph., LASA: The 24-5A pitcher of the year won seven games and hit .644 with seven homers.

P: Maddie Hartley, sr., Georgetown: Houston signee went 8-3 with a 1.26 ERA and hit .472 with 30 RBIs and 30 runs. Finished her career with a 48-10 record and 433 K's.

C: Ryan Trevinso, sr., Crockett: The 24-5A MVP led the Cougars offensively, hitting over .400.

IF: Madi George, jr., Rouse: All-district pick hit .547 with 10 homers, 35 RBIs, 35 runs and 39 walks.

IF: Makayla Mendoza, soph., Liberty Hill: Slick-fielding shortstop hit .375 with eight homers, 43 runs, 26 runs and 12 steals.

IF: Julissa Vasquez, sr., Hays: UT-Tyler signee hit .519 with 54 hits, including 10 homers, 15 doubles, 38 RBIs and 32 runs.

OF: Abby Aardema, jr., LASA: Hit .581 with 43 runs and 29 steals for the district champions.

OF: Skylar Brown, sr., Llano: Pitched and hit the Yellowjackets to the district title, batting .583 with 53 RBIs. Finished her career with a .461 average, 32 homers and 147 RBIs.

OF: Kamdyn Ingram, fr., Lake Travis: Hit .434 with 56 hits, including eight doubles, three triples and 23 runs.

UT: Chloe Ellis, jr., Gateway College Prep: Led the Gators to a district title, hitting .434 with 14 homers, 43 RBIs and 43 runs while also compiling a 0.84 ERA in the circle.

Honorable mention

Bowie — CiCi Alvidrez, Kate Bookidis; Cedar Ridge — London Collins, Gabriella Zulfekar; Crockett — Sadie Peyton; Del Valle — Sophia Garcia; Dripping Springs — Elianna Amato, Lorelei Gamble, Tatum Green; Elgin — Bianca Galinda; Georgetown — Kynleigh Ball, Jordan Credeur; Glenn — Deanna Dailey, Hailey Garcia; Hays — Ellie Villegas; Hyde Park — Alexa Stout, Cariana Stout, Olivia Villanueva; Johnson — Sydney Wagner; Lake Travis — Jayden Cortez, Maddie Pinzon; Leander — Madelyn Lee, Taylor Porter; Liberty Hill — Aubri Ettinger, Maddie Kingslien, Bella Nicholson, Cadence Wiese; Round Rock — Gloreylis Torres Rozo; Rouse — Blakely Barber, Abigail De Mascio; Stony Point — Lorryn Johnson; Thorndale — Karis Ginn; Vista Ridge — Sayler Bourland, Mikala Ham, Chloe Wheeler; Westlake — Campbell Smith; Westwood — Dorothy Zebell

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