Rio Hondo fares well in TSWA All-State team

Five Rio GrandeValley products were named to the Texas Sports Writers Association All-State softball team earlier this week. The list was from Class 2A through the 6A ranking.

Ashley Reyna of Harlingen South was the lone representative in Class 6A, receiving an honorable mention nod at the first base position. Reyna was a four-year varsity member and will continue her softball career at The University of Houston-Victoria. As a senior Reyna collected 19 doubles and batted a team high .615.

Rio Hondo led the way with four players on the list. Tianna Sandoval was the only player named to the first team as an outfielder. Sandoval batted .632 along with 42 RBIs in 2017.

“When I first got the call from Coach (Brett) Esparza, I was speechless,” said Sandoval. “I’m excited to receive a spot on the first team. I worked hard all my four years, but I never expected to receive first-team honors. This is truly a blessing.”

Battery mate Bianca Cruz was named a second-team outfielder, Jennifer Flores was tabbed an honorable mention designated player/utility player and Alexa Castellanos wrapped up the list as an honorable mention shortstop. Both Flores and Castellanos will be attending SulRoss State University in Alpine in the fall.

“We are extremely happy as a program to see the hard work pay off,” said Rio Hondo coach Brett Esparza. “These recognitions are a result of them striving daily to be the best version of themselves and it also shows their dedication to each other.”