Litterio Looks to Lead Warren Like She Led Greater Helotes LL

Annika Litterio pitches against Holmes on March 30, 2019.

 

SAN ANTONIO – It’s not often that a softball team makes its deepest playoff run in school history behind a freshman pitcher. But, that is exactly what Warren did last year, as Annika Litterio helped lead the Warriors to the UIL 6A quarterfinals for the first time in school history before she was outdueled by the number one pitcher in the nation. Brooke Vestal led New Braunfels Canyon to within six outs of the final and is now at Oklahoma.  Now a sophomore, Litterio has led Warren to at least a share of the 28-6A title.

“It feels amazing having a solid team. We know that we can push through any team that comes through our way,” said Litterio. “Last year, we lost to Canyon and held them to only two runs. We could comeback this year.”

Of course, leading teams to success before being old enough to drive a car is nothing new for her. She was the ace pitcher on the 2016 national champion Greater Helotes Little League softball team. She went 5-0 in Portland, Oregon, as GHLL blasted through the competition to bring home a title.

Greater Helotes LL won the 2016 national championship (Getty Images).

“At that time, it helped me grow to become a better person and a better leader. I know I have learned a lot, such as how my emotions affect the game. I just had to come out and relax and play the game.”

Several of those players are beginning to make varsity rosters around NISD and other areas. Dynasty Harpel and Avery Rangel are teammates who were on that team.

“I learned that to come out with friends and meet new people. I’ve met friends from Latin America, the Philippines, Montana, [and] Rhode Island,” said Litterio.

She went to the state finals, where Canyon lost a sixth inning lead. She said it helped her gain information as far as what to expect in Austin should Warren get there. Warren’s draw will be tough to get back to the quarters. It faces Reagan in round one, potentially Johnson in round three, and NB Canyon could be waiting again in the quarters.

“We’ve learned that nerves can only eat us up.  We have to relax and play our game.”

Greg Sherman covers high school sports for VYPE SA and can be reached at [email protected]

2 Comments

  1. Connie Gibson

    April 18, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    Great coverage throughout the season!

    • Greg Sherman

      April 22, 2019 at 3:55 pm

      Thank you. I always try to get as much covered as possible.

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