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Pre-Season Prep Baseball Stars Announced

December 7, 2012 - Texas League (TL) - Corpus Christi Hooks News Release

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A total of 31 players from 19 area schools comprise this year's South Texas Pre-Season High School All-Star Team. The student-athletes will be recognized at the Ninth Annual South Texas Winter Baseball Banquet on Wednesday, January 23, at the Omni Bayfront Hotel in downtown Corpus Christi.

The large-school division (Classes 4A and 5A) features 15 players from eight schools. The Moody Trojans lead the way with four representatives on the honor squad. Last season, the Trojans advanced to the 4A regional semi-finals.

Thirteen of the 15 players selected are new to the pre-season lineup. Senior outfielders Preston Dorsey of Calallen and Eric Perez of King are the only players who repeat from last year's unit. The Wildcats and Mustangs placed two each on the team, as did Carroll and Flour Bluff. Gregory-Portland, Port Lavaca Calhoun and Victoria East are also represented.

The small-school division (1A/2A/3A/private) honors 16 players from 11 schools. Perennial 3A powers Sinton and Robstown head up the roster with three players apiece. The Bulldogs of Orange Grove are the only other school with multiple representatives (2), including senior pitcher Chris Solano, the lone three-time honoree for either division.

Joining Solano in the small group of returnees from last year's squad are fellow pitchers Travis Quintanilla of Refugio and Joseph Rubio of Bishop, along with Robstown's Brandon Garza at utility. In addition to those already mentioned, other schools on the list include Falfurrias, George West, Ingleside, John Paul II, Port Aransas, and West Oso.

Votes were received from 28 high school coaches and selected media throughout South Texas.

Tickets for the January 23 event are priced at $50 and are available by contacting the Hooks at 361-561-HOOK. Proceeds from the banquet benefit Hooks Help.

The 2013 South Texas Pre-Season High School All-Star Softball Team will be released on Monday, December 10.

The 2013 South Texas Pre-Season High School All-Star Baseball Team:

Large School Division


Zach Cruz (Sr), Port Lavaca Calhoun

Michael Garcia (Jr), Victoria East

Travis Geiser (Sr), Gregory-Portland

Kenneth Saenz (Jr), Moody

Justin Sanchez (Sr), King


Michael Cantu (Jr), Moody

First Base:

Brandon Burns (Sr), Carroll

Second Base:

Lee May Gonzalez (Sr), Calallen

Third Base:

Will Mendiola (Sr), Flour Bluff


Rene Pineda (Jr), Carroll


Preston Dorsey (Sr), Calallen

J.D. Garcia (Sr), Moody

Eric Perez (Sr), King

Designated Hitter:

Johnny Luby (Jr), Flour Bluff


Ricky Gonzalez (Jr), Moody

Small School Division


Donivan Lopez (Jr), Sinton

Travis Quintanilla (Jr), Refugio

Joseph Rubio (Sr), Bishop

Chris Solano (Sr), Orange Grove


Lorenzo Vela (Sr), Falfurrias

First Base:

Jimmy Goff (Sr), Ingleside

Second Base:

Trey Gallegos (Sr), Sinton

Third Base:

Derek Cantu (Sr), George West

Jonathan Martinez (Jr), John Paul II


Michael De Los Santos (Jr), Robstown


Rayce Gatlin (Sr), Orange Grove

Victor Leal (Sr), Robstown

Tyler Pate (Sr), Port Aransas

Derrick Sullivan (Jr), West Oso

Designated Hitter:

Gerad Galloway (Sr), Sinton


Brandon Garza (Sr), Robstown

A total of 90 area high school players received votes in this year's balloting. The following is a complete list of all the other players who received votes for the 2013 South Texas Pre-Season High School All-Star Team in both divisions.

Others receiving votes (listed in alphabetical order):

Large School Division

Zach Alaniz (Soph), Carroll

Trey Alvarado (Sr), Port Lavaca Calhoun

Aric Benavides (Sr), Miller

Koby Bynum (Soph), Victoria West

Christian Cantu (Sr), Calallen

Devian Cantu (Sr), Port Lavaca Calhoun

Cody Cavazos (Sr), Victoria West

Mickie Erwin (Sr), Gregory-Portland

Rodney Flores (Sr), Miller

Nathan Freitag (Soph), Tuloso-Midway

Tanner Geiser (Jr), Gregory-Portland

Tyler Hass (Jr), Flour Bluff

Andrew Heitkamp (Sr), Carroll

Mason Hellums (Soph), Tuloso-Midway

Chris Martinets (Sr), Tuloso-Midway

Ruben Martinez (Jr), Gregory-Portland

Matthew Merino (Jr), Ray

Kolton Mims (Sr), Flour Bluff

Jonathan Ortega (Soph), Victoria East

Trey Thormahlen (Sr), Victoria East

Mason Tipton (Jr), Victoria East

Blake Staff (Sr), Victoria West

Todd Wilkinson (Sr), King

Benny Zamudio (Sr), King

Small School Division

Gilbert Alegria, Jr. (Jr), Falfurrias

Ray Allen (Sr), Rockport-Fulton

Michael Carrasco (Sr), Falfurrias

Colton Carroll (Sr), Refugio

Tracker Conn (Jr), Sinton

John Flores (Jr), Mathis

Justin Flores (Jr), Taft

Michael Garcia (Soph), West Oso

Jason Gonzales (Jr), Mathis

John Michael Gonzales (Sr), Falfurrias

Efrain Gonzalez (Sr), Robstown

Victor Gonzalez (Jr), Aransas Pass

Narcisso Hiracheta (Sr), Taft

Garrett Horner (Jr), Woodsboro

Rex Hoyt (Sr), Rockport-Fulton

Tony Kawczynski (Sr), Rockport-Fulton

Andrew Kutzfey (Sr), George West

Scott Longoria (Sr), Taft

Justin Lopez (Jr), Orange Grove

Connor Lowrie (Sr), John Paul II

Jose-Luis Martinez (Sr), West Oso

Frank McNiff (Sr), Incarnate Word Academy

Cristian Moreno (Sr), Incarnate Word Academy

Riley Pash (Sr), Rockport-Fulton

Justin Quinonez (Jr), John Paul II

Justin Rivera (Sr), John Paul II

Caleb Roberts (Sr), Port Aransas

Jake Roberts (Jr), Port Aransas

Isaiah Rodriguez (Jr), Orange Grove

J.W. Shipp (Sr), Refugio

Cameron Sternadel (Sr), Refugio

David Sturgeon (Jr), Taft

Colton Thomas (Sr), Mathis

Jose Tobar (Sr), West Oso

Victor Vera IV (Sr), Bishop

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