Cypress Creek has never been past the second round of the playoffs but that all could change in 2021. This team has the talent back to piece together a historic run.
It all starts with University of Houston-commit Ja'Naiya Thomas at shortstop. In 16 games last year, Thomas hit .619 with 21 RBIs, slugging nine home runs along the way. Thomas also is a threat on the basepaths after leading the team with 13 steals a year ago.
Other key returners include Madison Battle (Texas Southern), Jordan Peno (Sam Houston State) and Delayne Moreno (University of St. Thomas). Peno hit .455 with 18 RBIs, while Battle hit .385 with 11 RBIs and five doubles last year. Moreno brings a big bat (.425) but will also be their strength in the circle after tossing 63 2/3 innings last year with 45 strikeouts. This team could be one of the biggest surprises in Houston with a solid senior group back.
Here are the Top 21 softball players as ranked by VYPE heading into the spring.
1 Sophia Simpson, Barbers Hill (Texas)
2 Turiya Coleman, C.E. King (Oklahoma)
3 Koko Wooley, La Porte (Texas A&M)
4 Mya Holmes, Texas City (Texas)
5 Samantha Landry, Barbers Hill (UL at Lafayette)
6 Katie Cimusz, Atascocita (Texas)
7 Kennedy Powell, Conroe (UCLA)
8 Olivia Johnson, Pearland Dawson (Washington)
9 Mia Scott, Angleton (Texas)
10 Kayden Henry, Dickinson
11 Ja'Naiya Thomas, Cypress Creek (Houston)
12 Demi Elder, Clear Springs (Texas Tech)
13 Emiley Kennedy, Lake Creek (Texas A&M)
14 Kasidi Pickering, Atascocita
15 Sa'Mya Jones, Pearland Dawson
16 Emma Strood, Clear Springs (LSU)
17 Avery Hodge, Fort Bend Christian Academy (Oklahoma)
18 Gabby Leach, The Woodlands
19 Alannah Leach, The Woodlands
20 Brianna Ellis, Memorial (Auburn)
21 Cameryn Harrison, Katy