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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 22 public school teams in the city.
Check out the season preview for the No. 1 Lake Creek Lions.
In 2021, Lake Creek was on the verge of making its first-ever trip to Austin.
A year later, the Lions are more than ready to make that leap and take care of some “Unfinished Business”. Coming off a 38-2 season, which ended in the Region III-5A Final falling to eventual Class 5A State Champion Barbers Hill, the Lions are hungry.
Led by a slew of college-commits, fourth-year coach Michelle Rochinski (456-170) has an ultra-talented group returning. District Pitcher of the Year and Florida-commit Ava Brown returns and will be the ace in the circle (16-0, 0.92 ERA, 167 Ks, 6 BB in 2021) with Emiley Kennedy off to Texas A&M.
Brown also provides pop at the plate after driving in 65 runs with 22 doubles and 17 home runs last season.
Syracuse-commit Madelyn Lopez (District 20-5A Offensive Player of the Year) and LSU-commit Maddie McKee (District 20-5A Newcomer of the Year) are also back. Caelee Clark (Texas Lutheran), Kalee Rochinski (UTSA) and Payton Bauer (LeTourneau University) will also play key roles.
Keep an eye on Shelby Winn and Brenna Kelly as well. Loaded may be an understatement to describe Lake Creek in 2022.
The season got started this week with non-district games beginning across the city. VYPE has previewed 22 public school teams in the city.
Check out the season preview for the No. 3 Katy Tigers.
Kalum Haack is one of the winningest coaches in Houston High School softball history and in the State of Texas.
The Tigers’ head man returns another solid group in 2022. The Tigers reached the Regional Semifinals a year ago for the first time since 2019 – when they won their last State Championship. The group will be led by reigning District 19-6A MVP Kailey Wyckoff, who is committed to Stephen F. Austin to continue her softball career.
Wyckoff hit for .439 last season. Fellow senior Erynne Castillo (Blinn College), who hit .438 last year, also returns after a first-team, all-district performance.
The future beyond that duo is bright for Katy with sophomores Ashtyn Reichardt (.453) and Cameryn Harrison back in the mix. Harrison, who pitches for the Tigers, was named the District 19-6A Newcomer of the Year after a stellar freshman campaign in 2021, when she hit .373 and struck out 208 with a 1.29 ERA. Reichardt held down the outfield and was named first-team, all-district.
This team knows how to win and will do that once again in 2022. Also, watch for Emily Parks (Galveston College) and Lauryn Soken to make some noise.