Former Valley athletes set for D-II World Series with Kingsville

The Texas A& M University at Kingsville softball team is preparing for the Div. II College World Series, an eight-team, double-elimination tournament, as the Javelinas chase the program’s first national championship.

Two athletes who have played key roles on the TAMUK World Series softball team this season are Rio Grande Valley products Roxy Chapa and Amber Reyes.

Chapa, a Sharyland High alum and catcher, has started all 56 games for the Javelinas and is fourth on the team with a .335 batting average and second with 52 RBIs. Her 12 home runs is tied for the team lead and she’s riding a 12-game hit streak, having reached safely in seven straight postseason games.

Reyes, a freshman outfielder and Edinburg High alum, has also started every game for the Javelinas this season and ranks third on the team in runs scored with 30 and fourth in hits with 59, more than one per game. Reyes has also stolen eight bases and has 19 RBIs.

Chapa and Reyes led the Javelinas (48-8, 24-6) to the program’s first South Central Regional Championship on May 17, punching the team’s ticket to the Div. II Softball Championships.

Amber Reyes

TAMUK has also set a program record for wins with 48. The Javelinas have won 14 straight games. The program also claimed its second Lone Star Conference Softball Tournament Championship with a 3-1 victory over Texas A& MCommerce on May 4.

The fourth-seeded Texas A& M University at Kingsville Javelinas, ranked No. 3 by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, begin tournament play Thursday, when they face fifth-seeded and No. 7 Grand Valley State at 2:30 p.m. at the Regency Athletic Complex at Metropolitan State University in Denver.