Yarotsky named Galveston County Player of the Year

FRIENDSWOOD — She may have been only a sophomore, but Friendswood's Patricia Yarotsky played like a veteran this past 2019 softball season for the Lady Mustangs.

Because of her outstanding season, Yarotsky was named the Galveston County "Player of the Year" after helping Friendswood to a 14-0 mark to claim the District 22-5A softball title while advancing three rounds deep in the post-season.

Yarotsky was named by the league coaches as the 22-5A "Offensive Player of the Year" after she hit .582 (57-for-98) with 52 runs scored, 22 RBIs, nine doubles, two triples, six home runs and 33 stolen bases.

“It’s nice when you’re a coach to have a kid that you can trust to do the right thing,” Friendswood head coach Christa Williams-Yates said. “Sometimes she can be overly critical of herself, but when she just lets it fly and plays the way she’s capable of playing, there’s hardly anybody as good as she is.”

Joining Yarotsky on the All-County first-team was District 22-5A "MVP" freshman pitcher Chloe Riassetto and sophomore designated player KK Esparza. Junior outfielder Reagan Jones was named to the second-team while senior catcher Elizabeth Higgins was an honorable mention pick.

Riassetto proved that she is going to be a real talent for the Lady Mustangs as she still has three more years to be one of the area's top players.

As a pitcher, Riassetto fashioned a 12-3 pitching record as Friendswood posted a 24-5 season mark while moving up to a No. 7 state ranking before being eliminated in the post-season. Riassetto had a 2.02 ERA with 100.1 innings in the pitching circle with 138 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to an anemic .179 batting average.

Riassetto also proved herself in the batter's box as she hit .471 going 40-for-85 with 20 runs scored, 37 RBIs, eight doubles, one triple, and four home runs.

"What I love about her is she's just a competitor," said Williams-Yates. "It doesn't matter if you hit a home run, she's going to come out there and compete on the next pitch. She does that at the plate too. She's very even keel but super competitive."

Esparza, whose .510 batting average (52-for-102) and team-best 40 RBIs, created quite the one-two punch with Yarotsky at the top of Friendswood’s lineup. Esparza had 39 runs scored, 11 doubles, and six home runs with 18 stolen bases.

Friendswood has some very talented young softball players that have the potential to keep the Lady Mustangs as one of the elite teams in the Houston area with the goal of advancing to the state softball tournament.