Mansfield Sports

Mansfield ISD athletes sign letters of intent to play at Division I schools

The Mansfield ISD continued its tradition of excellence in the area of athletics with last week’s college signing ceremonies.

Timberview’s Baylea Higgs signed to play softball with Texas A&M Commerce, and coach Donya Mooney said she believes it is a good fit.

“This will be Baylea’s fourth year to be a starter,” Mooney said. “She’s a kid that brings a lot of excitement and speed to the game. She has been my starting center fielder, and she will be in the leadoff spot this year.

“She’s a real athletic kid, and leads our school in stolen bases with more than 60 in her career. I think she will do well, because she originally signed with Texas Women’s, but the coach switched to A&M Commerce, and she agreed to go over there with him.”

Higgs was a first team all-district selection last year, and is also a two-sport athlete, earning the distinction of being the Defensive Player of the Year in district.

Ashley Timmons also signed to play softball from Timberview, and is headed to the University of Charleston, where Mooney said she should make a big impact.

“This will be Ashley’s second year to be my starting catcher,” Mooney said. “But she can play anywhere on the field. She is a real solid player. I think she was offensive player of the year in our district. She is our cleanup hitter, and is a great offensive player.”

Timmons batted over 400 last year and his seven or eight home runs on the year.

Mayan Meza-Tovar also signed to play softball at the next level from Timberview, committing to Oklahoma Wesley last week.

Mooney said that it is the second baseman’s versatility that makes her so valuable.

“Mayan is our all-around kid,” Mooney said. “We had to bring her in to play second base, but her true position is as an outfielder. She hits to all parts of the field for us and is just an all-around good kid.”

Coach Jason Speakes said that Littlejohn has meant a lot to the Tigers program and said he believes Littlejohn to be a good fit at the Oklahoma school.

“He was a second team all-district player last year, so he’s been a pretty good player now for a while,” Speakes said. “He’s a very versatile player. He can play inside, he can play outside; he can take it to the basket or shoot the three.

“He’s a great free-throw shooter. All facets of his offense game are sharp. He’s a great passer, he has great vision. He can handle the ball and is just a very well-rounded player. He averaged 16 points a game last year, and I see that number climbing even higher this year.”