CASA GRANDE — Vista Grande had a softball season for the ages, and in appropriate fashion, two of its players take home PinalCentral’s top all-county honors.
Making the 4A state championship game and finishing with an 18-2 record, the Spartans were led by dominant pitcher Alyssa Tinnin and dynamic shortstop Selena Perez.
Finishing the season with a 15-2 record, 1.21 ERA and 174 strikeouts in 110 innings, Tinnin is the PinalCentral Player of the Year. Her 174 strikeouts ranked third in Class 4A, she was sixth in ERA and second in innings pitched. She routinely overpowered hitters with a mixture of velocity, changing speeds and using all quadrants of the strike zone.
Perez, as good of a high school shortstop as one will see, is the runner-up for Player of the Year. Her range, instincts and throwing arm are all top-notch. And she wields a lethal bat, hitting .625 with eight doubles, a triple and four home runs. She also had 29 runs, 40 hits and 31 RBIs.
The rest of the all-county first team includes catcher Illeana Cosillos of Vista Grande and infielders Amyah Boostedt of Vista Grande, Karyn Meier of Maricopa and Kyleigh Potter of Poston Butte.
Cosillos, a sophomore, played a vital role behind the plate for the Spartans as a skilled defender and receiver. She had an 1.140 OPS and was second on the team in batting (.474) and hits (27). Boostedt, another excellent defender, played second base and contributed to one of the best defenses in the state. She hit .400/.541/.577 with five doubles and a homer and is headed to Southern Utah to play college softball.
Meier was outstanding for the Rams, as they played their first season at the 6A level. She was first team all-region in the 6A Desert Southwest, and the shortstop slugged .844 with 12 doubles and three triples. She has signed to play at Phoenix College.
Potter, a senior, was a leader and key contributor throughout her career with the Broncos. She was first team all-region in the 4A Black Canyon and was an extra-base hit machine, with six doubles, four triples and five home runs.
The all-county first team outfield includes Kayla Lopez of Poston Butte, Brooklyn Flores of Vista Grande and Leanna San Miguel of ALA-Ironwood.
Lopez is a terrific outfielder, and she also provided major power for the Broncos. She hit .680 (fourth in 4A), with six doubles, a triple and six home runs. Her 1.200 slugging percentage ranked eighth in 4A. She is headed to Central Arizona College to continue playing softball.
Speaking of great defenders, Flores is as good as it gets in center field. She can run down just about anything and will give up her body to make sure she secures the grab. She had a .444 on-base percentage and was second on the team in runs scored with 23.
San Miguel, a junior, was one of the best hitters at the 3A level. She tied for the 3A South Central Offensive Player of the Year after hitting .571 with 10 doubles, three triples and seven homers, tying for seventh in 3A in roundtrippers.
At designated hitter, Morris was right behind Lopez providing the power for the Broncos. She posted a 1.688 OPS, and was second on the team in on-base percentage (.650) and slugging (1.038). Morris had a team-high seven doubles and five triples to go with two homers.
Joining Tinnin on the all-county first team pitching staff is Kiana Villa of Coolidge and Tristen Greer of Apache Junction.
Villa was nearly unhittable at times for the Bears, punching out 146 batters in 86 1/3 innings, along with a 7-2 record and 2.92 ERA. The senior received first team all-conference honors in Class 3A and was the region Player of the Year in the 3A South Central.
Greer, also a senior, was the leader in the circle for the Prospectors. She pitched 88 2/3 innings with a terrific strikeout-to-walk ratio of 69 to 8 with a 3.87 ERA. She was first team all-region in the 4A Black Canyon.