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All-District Baseball, Softball Players Named

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Volcano Vista’s baseball team swept the key awards in District 1-5A for the 2012 season.

The Hawks produced 1-5A’s Most Valuable Player in second baseman/pitcher Andre Vigil, and the Hawks’ Kevin Andersh was chosen Coach of the Year.

Vigil and shortstop Dalton Bowers were the only Volcano Vista players on the 1-5A first team.

Strangely enough, the league’s last-place team, Cibola, had more players on the first team than Volcano Vista did. The Cougars put first baseman J.J. Brown, catcher Brett Saxon and outfielder Adrian Ramirez on the first team.


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Hawks to make the second team were first baseman Dylan Dudley, third baseman Brock Sullivan, utility player Cameron Fite, outfielder Josh Day, and pitchers Vigil and Brian Fox.

Shortstop Troy Mares was Cibola’s lone second-team selection.

Honorable mention choices from Volcano Vista were catcher Daniel Herrera and outfielder R.J. Alderete. For Cibola, it was second baseman Jason Schoolcraft, third baseman Marcus Tenorio, utility player Kyle Olsen and pitchers Phil Trujillo and Ramirez.

♦ Valley, the District 5-5A champion, had five players named to that league’s first team — outfielder Ty Bess, pitcher Garrett Anderson, shortstop Ruben Aguirre, catcher Andrew Montoya and second baseman Skyler Wilson.

Second-place Rio Grande put pitcher Jacob Marquez, first baseman Jerel Stevens, outfielder Matt Valdez and second baseman Tyler Pimental on the first team.

West Mesa’s first-teamers were shortstop Jose Ledezma and outfielder Codi Chavez.

♦ St. Pius, like Volcano Vista, swept the postseason awards, with pitcher Kevin Piersol named the District 5-4A Player of the Year and the Sartans’ Marc Hilton named Coach of the Year.

First-team players from the Sartans were catcher Chris Lobato, shortstop Kyle Piersol, outfielders Quintin Rizek and Cody Bower, and Kevin Piersol.


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Atrisco Heritage Academy had first-team selections in first baseman Felipe Beltran, second baseman Dominic Marquez and DH Jose Ortega.

On the second team from St. Pius were first baseman Tristin Rizek, second baseman Brad Vallez, third baseman R.J. Saiz, outfielder Adam Garrity and pitcher Ryan Hernandez. Garrity was also named at utility, and Hernandez was voted the second-team DH.

For the Jaguars on the second team, it was catcher James Cordova, shortstop Nathan Kelly and pitcher Jonathan Rojo.


Pitcher Katera Eltsosie of Volcano Vista was the 1-5A Player of the Year, and was one of five Hawks on the district’s first team.

Joining her were catcher Jade Gray, pitcher/first baseman Kelsey Stevens, outfielder Monique Cotinola and infielder Taylor Sargent.

Cibola was represented on the first team with outfielder Emma Adams (who has signed with New Mexico State), third baseman Jaclyn Pino and shortstop Jasmine Mitchell.

Hawks on the second team were second baseman Marley Piñon and shortstop Victoria Castro. Cibola’s second-team choices were designated hitter Alex De La O, second baseman Brittany Baca and outfielder Hayley Hanson.

Cibola’s honorable mentions were first baseman Alyssa Brown, pitcher Nicole Shack and outfielder Nikki Nakamura. Volcano Vista’s were outfielders Courtney Love and Vanessa Castro.

♦ In District 5-5A, West Mesa had four players on the first team this season — outfielder Denys Garcia, second baseman Donna Garcia, shortstop Olivia Simoni and catcher Crystalyn Velasquez.

Third baseman Jacque Solis, first baseman Amanda Carrillo and catcher Bayley Legarretta from Valley were also on the first team, as were pitcher/shortstop Ashley Gallegos and pitcher/second baseman Dailene Lujan from Rio Grande.

The Mustangs, Vikings and Ravens each had two players on the second team. From West Mesa, pitcher Jazzeree Baca and first baseman Katlyn Casaus were chosen. From Valley, it was shortstop Chadra Escarcida and outfielder Shannon Bazan. And from Rio Grande, it was infielder Jocelyn Gamboa and pitcher/OF Stephanie Chavez.

♦ Atrisco Heritage Academy pitcher Rehanna Little was the MVP of District 5-4A, and the Jaguars had three first-team All-District choices in Annette Thomas-Daw, Alicia Ramirez and Mariah Lujan.

Gaby Mora and Katlin Archibeque of St. Pius were also voted to the first team.

Maribel Chavez, Sabrina Zamora and Jordan Marquez of AHA were named to the second team, as were Nicole Madrid and Vanessa Garcia of St. Pius.
— This article appeared on page 6 of the West Side Journal