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Welcome to the 2022 softball season.
The season got started last week with non-district games beginning across the city. VYPE has previewed the Top 5 private softball teams in the city.
Check out the season preview for the No. 5 Bay Area Christian.
The Lady Broncos were on the cusp of winning a TAPPS 4A Championship just a year ago.
They finished as the State Runner-Up but could be in line for a title run in 2022 with nine starters returning from the 15-12 squad. First-team, all-state and District MVP Amanda Pollock returns and is committed to Schreiner University.
Other key returners include first-team, all-state picks Emma Ilies and Grace Rambin. Second-team, all-state picks Calley Bennett and Annelise Shaw and honorable mention all-staters Allie Atwell and Halle Hudgins are all also set to return.
Aly Griffith finished as a first-team, all-district pick. Jason Atwell enters his second season of leading the Broncos’ softball program.
Second Baptist School enters this season with six starters returning for Brandy Mardis' team. Once basketball season is over, Leyla Ertan will make her way over to the field. Becca Sloan enters her junior year and will patrol the outfield. Emma Garcia will settle in behind the plate. Rachel Riley is a two-time all-state pick, who will be the ace for the Eagles and is committed to the University of Pennsylvania. Also, watch for Emily Rogers at shortstop.
Bay Area Christian reached the second round of the TAPPS Division III playoffs in 2019. The Lady Broncos are young as juniors Amanda Pollock (P), Annelise Shaw (Utility), and sophomore catcher Alyson Griffith will star for the team. Pollock was named honorable mention, all-state as a freshman in 2019.
St. Pius X will be under new coach Rodney Smith this season. He will have some star power as rising recruit Victoria Hunter and UTSA-signee Emily Dear return for the Panthers in 2021.
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