Ladyhorns softball continues to shine
Following a successful campaign in the 2018 season, the Harper High School varsity softball team recently placed four players on the Texas Softball Writers Association All-State teams.
First team recognition went to Gracie Green, a sophomore outfielder. According to head coach Scott Vasquez, she is the first player in the HHS program to make the TSWA First Team.
She was voted to the honorable mention squad following last year’s season.
Green wasn’t the only underclassman to earn all-state honors.
Only a sophomore, Callie Koenig was named to the third team squad as a pitcher. This is the first time for her to earn TSWA recognition. She was also named to the 2018 TGCA All-State team this past season.
“Gracie and Callie were two sophomores that really stepped up their play,” Vasquez said. “They really improved on solid freshman seasons and had great sophomore seasons. Gracie and Callie, along with a few other girls, will be expected to take on leadership roles the next few seasons.”
A pair of seniors earned their final accolades for a strong finish to their high school careers.
Logan Menzies, a senior, was placed on the organization’s second team in the shortstop position. She was named honorable mention in 2015 and 2017.
Menzies is a three-time Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State selection and a 2018 TGCA Legacy All-Star.
She has signed to play softball at Oklahoma Christian University.
Mercy Garcia, also a senior, was placed on the third team as a third baseman. She made the TSWA honorable mention squad at the conclusion of the 2017 season.
She will continue her playing career at Texas A&M-Kingsville.
“We have a lot of great girls in Harper and all work hard, but Mercy and Logan have been leaders for a long time,” Vasquez said. “We are going to miss them on the field, but we will really miss their leadership and how they brought out the best in their teammates.
“I am excited that both Mercy and Logan will have the opportunity to play at the next level. I am very proud of both of them.”
In addition to these honors, Menzies and Julie Krebs earned TGCA Academic All-State honors.
Vasquez was invited to coach in the TGCA All-Star Game last Tuesday, July 10, in Arlington.
“The All-Star game was a great honor,” he said. “I am thankful that the association thought enough to ask me to participate. I also owe the girls here in Harper so much because without them, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity to coach the game. I have been very blessed to have the girls I’ve had
He will also give a few talks at a TGCA satellite clinic this week in El Paso, with presentations on Thursday and Friday night. Vasquez also earned a spot on the TGCA’s softball committee and will help organize speakers for the next summer clinic, pick all-stars and listen to concerns from softball coaches around the state.
“I am thankful for this honor,” Vasquez said. “Again, it’s all because of our girls’ hard work the last five seasons, but I also owe a lot to former Fredericksburg softball coach Jimmy Reichenau. He really helped me become the coach I am today. I will always be thankful for the year Coach Reichenau and I coached together. Jimmy was a great mentor.”
The Ladyhorns finished the season with a 25-7 record, which includes the District 29-2A title and a trip to the regional semifinals.