Area softball standouts named honorable mention All-State

PEARLAND — The Texas Sports Writers Association select All-State softball teams each year and they feature the top players from across the state in each class.

There were three area players who were named honorable mention which means they received votes from area sports writers, but not enough to make the top three teams. But being named honorable mention still means they received state-wide recognition from the writers who actually cover the players.

In Class 6A, Pearland junior Riley Martin was selected as an HM outfielder. Martin was named District 23-6A "Newcomer of the Year" after she hit .455 and was 20-of-44 at the plate. She scored 19 runs with 11 RBIs, two doubles, and 12 stolen bases.

In Class 5A, Friendswood freshman pitcher Chloe Riassetto and sophomore third baseman KK Esparza were honorable mention picks.

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 Friendswood head coach Christa 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.