High School Sports

Former Aledo standout, who won 2 state titles, selected in Pro Fastpitch College Draft

Aledo senior third baseman Riley Sartain, center, gets a hug from teammate Olivia Dickey (7), while junior Kadyn Kirkpatrick, left, shares a hug with senior first baseman Chickie Cook (9) after the Ladycats’ 3-2 win over Cedar Park Vista Ridge.
Aledo senior third baseman Riley Sartain, center, gets a hug from teammate Olivia Dickey (7), while junior Kadyn Kirkpatrick, left, shares a hug with senior first baseman Chickie Cook (9) after the Ladycats’ 3-2 win over Cedar Park Vista Ridge.

Riley Sartain, who helped Aledo win back-to-back state softball titles, was drafted No. 18 overall by the Aussie Peppers during the 2019 National Pro Fastpitch College Draft on Monday.

Sartain, a senior third baseman at Texas A&M, went in the fourth of five rounds with 25 softball players being selected.

Kelly Barnhill from Florida was No. 1 overall to the Chicago Bandits.

Sartain, who becomes the sixth Aggie to be selected in the NPF Draft, was an All-American in 2017 and leads the Aggies with six home runs and 19 walks and is tied for first with seven doubles this season. She’s driven in 24 runs and has scored 26 times, which ranks second on the team.

Sartain holds a .960 career fielding percentage after starting in 220 games at shortstop and third base throughout her 4-year career. At the plate, she’s hit 35 home runs with 135 RBI and 31 doubles.

Sartain was Offensive and Defensive MVP during her freshman and sophomore years at FW Trinity Valley, where she led the Metroplex with a .733 batting average as a sophomore. She also pitched, going 15-1 with a 1.03 ERA and 123 strikeouts.

At Aledo, the Bearcats won state titles in 2014 and 2015 and Sartain was named all-state and all-area. She was a 3-time Star-Telegram all-area player. As a junior, she hit .786 and led the team and district in home runs.

Stats via A&M softball

2018 (JUNIOR): Appeared in 59 games, starting 58 at third base … Belted 11 home runs and drove in 36, which ranked second on the team … Batted .281 with 10 doubles … Scored 23 times and walked 15 … Held a .978 fielding percentage with 53 putouts and 122 assists and four errors … Went 2-for-3 with two runs, three RBI, a home run and a walk against McNeese in the College Station Regional (5/19) … Tied her career high in home runs in a game with two against Louisiana Tech (3/4) … Missed three games, the first of her career, at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic due to the flu (2/22-24).

2017 (Sophomore): Started in all 60, primarily at 3B … Named a NFCA Third Team All-American … Voted to the All-SEC Second Team by the league’s coaches … Named to the NFCA All-South Region First Team … Led the Aggies in batting average (.350), RBI (49) and OBP (.446) … Belted 13 home runs and held a .656 slugging percentage, which ranked second on the team … Drove in a career high five runs with two homers against Oklahoma State (4/7) … Hit the go-ahead three-run home run against Tennessee to win the Knoxville Super Regional (5/28) … Recorded her first multi-HR game against Mizzou (3/24) … Made three starts at SS against Tennessee (5/5-7) and made five putouts with 12 assists and no errors.

2016 (FRESHMAN): Started in all 59 games at third base … Hit .259 with six home runs and 26 RBI … Belted a solo home run against No. 7 UCLA for her first-career hit … Hit a grand slam against Alabama (4/16) and Texas State (4/27).

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.
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