VMS All-STAR Softball: MVP Gonzales wraps up stellar career

By KEVIN NARRO | Staff Writer

HARLINGEN — Senior shortstop Krystal Gonzales wrapped up a stellar career in a Harlingen South Lady Hawks uniform in 2019.

Gonzales was part of a team that made the playoffs in each of her four seasons, and she made a position change in the process.

The star short stop is the Valley Morning Star’s 2019 ALL-STAR Softball Most Valuable Player.

“Coach (Elias) Martinez told me I won the award when we were at school,” Gonzales said. “He told me he was proud of me, and it was a special moment for me. The first person I told was my brother. He was on the coaching staff this year, and he has helped me become the player I am today.”

Gonzales is described as a player who just wants the ball in her hands with the game on the line. She proved that time and again throughout her senior season.

Despite South not winning a district title in her time there, Gonzales reached the Sweet 16 twice, including in her senior season. After playing catcher her first two seasons, Gonzales made the move to her natural position, which is shortstop.

Gonzales batted third in a stacked South lineup and anchored the defense. She batted .457 on the season with eight homers, 12 doubles with 49 hits and 58 runs.

Gonzales has had quite the month. The Lady Hawks’ playoff run was followed with Gonzales signing to play softball at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, and then graduation.

“This wrapped up my high school career and now I have to get ready for the college level, so I’ll see what is in store for me,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales will head to Austin in the fall but has left a legacy and winning tradition at Harlingen South.

“I feel like with the girls we have here at South, someone will always step up,” Gonzales said. “Everyone will have their role and each one of them is special, and I think they will be fine in the future.”

Most Valuable Player

Krystal Gonzales, Harlingen South

Offensive player of the year

Jordan Ramos, San Benito

Defensive Player of the Year

Domo De Jesus, Rio Hondo

Pitcher of the year

Erika Cortez, Rio Hondo

Newcomer of the year

Iliana Saucedo, Harlingen South

Coach of the year

Brett Esparza, Rio Hondo

First Team

1B: Alyssa Ledesma, Harlingen South

2B: Kelsey Rivera, Harlignen South

SS: April Garcia, San Benito

3B: Rachel Muniz, Raymondville

OF: Kytana Muniz, Harlingen South

OF: Natasha Canales, Harlingen South

OF: AJ Jasso, , San Benito

Catcher: Jessica Cruz, Lyford

Pitcher: Nana Carrizales, San Benito

Designated Player: Jaeyln Huerta, San Benito

Second Team

1B: Karla Medina, Lyford

2B: Sarah Garcia, San Benito

SS Kelsey Pizarro, Rio Hondo

3B Alexa Saucedo, Harlingen South

OF: Kate Garza, San Benito

OF: Savanna Gonzalez, Rio Hondo

OF: Kayla Rogers, Harlingen South

Catcher: Abbie Torris, Rio Hondo

Pitcher: Jerrica Rojas, Lyford

Honorable Mention

Eneli Garza, La Feria

Faith Mckenzie, La Feria

Zoe Rosas, Harlingen High

Emily Garcia, Harlingen High

Nayeli Garcia, Rio Hondo

Christina Arellano, Harlingen South

Kari Cisneros, San Benito

Kylie Ruiz, Harlingen South

Megan Cavazos, San Benito