One big group

Participating in the 2020 RFHS alumni softball game were, in no particular order, Jade Gonzalez, Taylor Gonzalez, Siarah Galvan, Maddie Mann, Mikey Dominguez, Lydia Zavala, Jordan Garza, Jordan Hall, Krystal Kutach, Payton Martinez, Kelsey Polasek, Paige Torres, Alana Garcia, Alyssa Rodriguez, Lexi Gonzalez, Patricia Torres, Avita Gandy, Brandi Mills, Tanya Butler, Brandi Jackson, Jessica Langley, Ali Rodriguez, Nani Martinez, Annie Salazar, Jesse Torres, Andrew Nunez, Abel Salazar, RFHS assistant softball coach Lacey Garza, RFHS Head Softball Coach Melissa Reyes, RFHS assistant softball coach Mark Jeffery, and RFHS assistant softball coach Samantha Jeter.

The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Lady Pirate softball team hosted its second annual Once a Pirate, Always a Pirate alumni game Saturday, Feb 15.

The festivities began with a homerun derby, which included a youth and adult division.

In the youth division, sixth grade student Maddie Dykes placed first and eighth grade student Andreya Nunez placed second.

In the adult division, RFHS Assistant Softball Coach Mark Jeffery placed first, current RFHS softball player Maddie Mann placed second, and Charles Chavez placed third.

Following the derby, the current RFHS varsity softball team squared off against the RFHS alumni softball team for five innings.

Making up the RFHS alumni softball team were, from youngest to oldest, Lexi Gonzalez (2018), Nani Martinez (2009), Jessica Langley (2004), Tanya Butler (2003), Brandi Jackson (2003), Avita Gandy (2002), Ali Rodriguez (2002), Annie Salazar (2001), Patricia Torres (1999), and Brandi Mills (1998).

The alumni team was coached by Jesse Torres, Andrew Nunez, and Abel Salazar.

The alumni team took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning on a run scored by L. Gonzalez. However, the current RFHS varsity softball team roared back with five runs in the first, third, and fourth innings to take the game away 15-1.

RFHS Head Softball Coach Melissa Reyes said the event was a “Grand slam!” and was an exciting day for the team to express gratitude and appreciation to the players that played before them.

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