ARLINGTON — Just weeks after shortstop Shelby Dombrowski and her Anna Lady Coyote teammates appeared in the Class 4A softball state title game in Austin, Dombrowski was back on another big stage: the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 1A-4A All-Star game.
Played at the Workman Softball Complex in Arlington this year, TGCA’s All-Star showcase features some of the top players in the state — all incoming seniors — as nominated by high school head coaches and chosen by TGCA committee.
Dombrowski and the Red All-Stars rolled past the Blues, 10-1, with Dombrowski playing shortstop, second base and right field. The next day, by phone, she commented on the experience.
“I was really thankful for it and it was a lot of fun, meeting all the new people and playing with those girls,” Dombrowski said. “It makes you kind of miss your team, but you’re also really thankful.”
In an odd twist, Dombrowski’s opponent this night was led by former Anna head coach Lindsey Gage, who left for Ridge Point High School, near Houston, after last season.
“It was crazy,” Dombrowski said. “It was so weird. I would be up to bat and instead of looking at my coach by third base, I’d always look at Coach Gage. Not on purpose, it was just a habit.”
District 11-4A’s Defensive MVP last season, Dombrowski was a key contributor as the Lady Coyotes charged to their first state tournament in school history.
New Anna head coach Jennifer Sluder was in attendance at the All-Star game.
“This just proves how crucial she was to our team,” Sluder said of Dombrowski during the fifth inning. “Not only that, but being a leader on the team as well. You can obviously see that and other people in the district saw that, too. She had a good year, and it’s paid off.”
Other Anna coaches and fans of Dombrowski also made the trip to Arlington, including Lady Coyotes head basketball coach Justin Baldia. Dombrowski also plays guard for Anna hoops.
“I’m thankful for all our coaches,” Dombrowski said. “They always have the best support system.”
Sluder gets Dombrowski back for one more season along with two other key seniors, Amber Thille and Hannah Morland.
“They’ll be crucial for us,” Sluder said, “not just skill-wise but leadership-wise.”