FARMINGTON — A select group of District 1-4A seniors will get to finish out their high school softball careers close to home.
A total of five players from Piedra Vista, Aztec and Kirtland Central were selected to represent the North team in the 4A/5A All-Star softball game on June 6 and 7 at the Farmington Sports Complex.
Danielle Ortiz and Tabor Woosley will represent the Lady Panthers and play alongside Aztec's Angela Minjarez and Alix Johnson and Kirtland Central's Kanani Tapaha.
This will be the fourth straight year the game will be played in Farmington.
"A good portion of the lineup is always made up of District 1-4A players, and it's good for them to play in front of the home fans," PV head coach Kevin Werth said. "It's great that the city lets us host this game and use the facilities."
Ortiz and Woosley started all season in the outfield for PV, helping lead the Lady Panthers to their ninth consecutive state championship.
Ortiz was one of the top leadoff hitters in the state, batting .436 while leading the team in hits, runs, triples and stolen bases.
Woosley finished second on the team in doubles and RBIs, while hitting .378 this season.
"It was a lot tougher to get kids on the roster this year than in years past," Werth said. "It's pretty nice to get two players on the roster."
The Aztec duo of Minjarez and Johnson were the only two seniors on a Lady Tigers team that finished as runner-up to PV in the state tournament.
"It's great any time you can get both your seniors on the team," Aztec head coach Jose Santistevan said.
Santistevan describe Minjarez as a "rock in the circle" after pitching the majority of Aztec's games this year.
Minjarez went 19-3 in 24 appearances with a 1.72 ERA for the Lady Tigers.
Johnson missed some time this season for Aztec with injuries but still hit .350 with 10 doubles and 26 RBIs in 26 games.
"I think she had a great year, and it would have been even better if she didn't have to miss some time," Santistevan said.
Tapaha was also named to the All-Star roster to represent the Lady Broncos, who made the state tournament as a No. 14 seed before losing to No. 3 Centennial in the first round.
She was the top hitter for KCHS all season, leading the club in nearly every category while serving as team captain.
Valley, St. Pius X and Cibola high schools will join the San Juan County teams with two players apiece on the North roster.
Carlsbad High led the South team with five players on the team.
A three game series will be played between the two teams with a doubleheader on Friday evening and the final game on Saturday morning.
The 4A/5A baseball All-Star teams were announced on Tuesday as well.
No district 1-4A players were named to the roster.
PV head baseball coach Mike McGaha said seniors Kody Russell and Matt Martin would have been selected for the team but had prior commitments and wouldn't have been able to attend the games in Las Cruces.