This weekend is also the final home weekend for the Javelina softball team (22-26) as they entertain nationally ranked Angelo State (38-9).
The lone senior is one of the program’s all-time best players, Julia Canales (H.M. King).
Canales has been a four-year starter behind the plate and enters this weekend’s action having started in all 211 games that she has played in, a Texas A&M-Kingsville record.
She is going out with a bang, having a career-year with a .336 batting average, 11 doubles and 24 RBI, all career highs. Canales ranks third in career hits (185), fourth in career doubles (24), triples (6) and RBI (88), and needs four more runs scored to move into the top five. She was a first team All-LSC pick last year and should be headed for similar recognition this season, becoming only the fourth Javelina to earn first team honors at least twice in a career.
Cassie Anderson (Splendora) is not suffering from a sophomore jinx. She ranks 12th in the LSC in batting with a .376 mark and is fourth in stolen bases with 30 steals in 34 attempts. Last year Anderson hit .317 with 20 stolen bases. In her first two seasons as a Javelina she is batting .345 with 58 runs scored and 50 stolen bases in only 57 attempts. Anderson already owns the school records for most stolen bases in a season and a career. She has made one other big improvement this year, striking out only nine times in 149 at bats after striking out 28 times in 167 at bats last year. Bryan’s high school teammate, Shaun Bryan, is also having a standout sophomore season. She is batting .306 with 11 doubles, three home runs and 27 RBI this season after hitting just .139 with one RBI last year as a freshman.
She leads the team in RBI, is tied for the team lead in doubles and ranks third in batting average.
Courtney Rigamonti (Victoria St. Joseph’s) enters this weekend’s play with a 13-13 mark, 23 complete games and three shutouts this season. Her 23 complete games rank fifth in Javelina single season history.