The Travis softball team had an up-and-down season, getting a few big wins along the way, but finished the year with a 12-15 record.
The Lady Tigers got started with nice wins over Seven Lakes and Cypress Lakes, then opened District 20-6A play with only two wins in their first six games.
But Travis rallied with six wins in its last 10 games to go 8-6 in district play, good for fourth place. Against Katy, the top-ranked 6A team in the state, Travis was soundly beaten 7-0 and 12-2 in the first round of the playoffs.
Despite the tough end to the season, there were a handful of strong performances by the Lady Tigers this past campaign, and five players were honored by being selected to the all-district team.
Senior infielder Noemi Cortez, junior outfielder Mady Leighton and sophomore pitcher Rachel Ybarra were first-team selections.
Cortez led Travis with three home runs this season, while Leighton had a .524 batting average, tops on the team. Ybarra had a 2.50 earned run average in six starts this season, striking out 15 batters.
Junior infielder Caitlyn Goodeaux and senior utility player Carissa Cedillo were named to the second team.
Ridge Point, which went 13-1 in 20-6A play and reached the regional quarterfinals, had two players honored on the team. Senior outfielder Payton Jackson was named the district’s most valuable player, while freshman Malyn Simmons was tabbed the newcomer of the year.
Terry Reyna of Austin was named the district coach of the year after leading the Lady Bulldogs to a 19-win season, including an 11-2 record in district play and getting upset wins over Cinco Ranch and Houston Memorial in the 6A playoffs.
Reyna stepped down as head coach at the end of the school year and assistant coach Holly Koopmann was promoted as Austin’s new head coach last month.