Girls Varsity Softball · North Dallas’ Marielena Garcia and Yomara Gutierrez receive All-District softball honors


Marielena Garcia was Defensive Player of the Year, with a fielding percentage of .918, and only four errors at first base this season.


In her first season at catcher, junior Yomara Gutierrez was named the district’s Catcher of the Year.


Senior Marielena Garcia was named Defensive Player of the Year and junior Yomara Gutierrez was named Catcher of the Year on the All-District 12-4A softball team.

Marielena played first base for the Lady Bulldogs, and had a fielding percentage of .918, with only four errors. She also batted .429 with 18 hits in 42 at-bats and 21 runs batted in.

Yomara had a fielding percentage of .806 behind the plate, with 36 putouts in 62 total chances. She batted .400 with 12 hits in 30 at-bats. She drove in 13 runs and walked 31 times this season.

“I’m very proud of them” said North Dallas Coach Chris Barnhill. “They both worked very hard and impressed Coach [Troy] Power and myself and the rest of the coaches in our district.”

The Lady Bulldogs finished second in District 12-4A with a 9-3 record, and 13-9 overall. North Dallas advanced to the bidistrict round of the playoffs, falling to Anna, which advanced to the UIL Class 4A championship game on Saturday.


North Dallas’ Lady Bulldogs included (front row, from left) Melany Matute, Aileen Arias, Lauren Garcia, Yomara Gutierrez and Marielena Garcia; (back row) Patrice Leavy, Victoria Hernandez Gomez, Sophia Hernandez, Denise Rayas, Tina Nguyen, Cindy Lemus, Julianna Serrano and Ladaysha Robinson.


Also, earning first team all-district spots were outfielder Lauren Garcia, pitcher Tina Nguyen and outfielder Ladaysha Robinson.

Earning second team all-district honors were shortstop Sophia Hernandez, second baseman Aileen Arias and pitcher-outfielder Patrice Leavy.

Earning honorable mention honors were third baseman Victoria Hernandez Gomez and third-baseman-pitcher Julianna Serrano.

The academic all-district team included Cindy Lemus, Melany Matute, Sophia, Lauren, Marielena, Ladaysha, Tina and Aileen.


The Lady Bulldogs’ seniors included Aileen Arias, Ladaysha Robinson and Marielena Garcia.