The sophomore hurler went 6-2 with a 2.70 ERA and recorded 103 strikeouts. In the playoffs he had a stellar performance in a game two victory over Maypearl.
Offensively, Meadows was just as effective. He batted .464 with 28 RBIs and a home run. He also stole 12 bases.
Meadows earned District 9-2A first-team all-district pitcher honors.
The Dragon outfielder had an outstanding freshman campaign with a .393 average, 27 RBIs and a home run. He also stole 32 bases. McBee earned District 9-A second-team honors while posting a .924 fielding percentage.
The second-year player picked up her second consecutive District Defensive MVP this season from her catcher position, posting a .990 fielding percentage. Only two runners attempted to steal on her all season. Foster was a force at the plate too, batting .480 with 24 RBIs, three home runs and 15 stolen bases.
Garcia came off a basketball injury during spring break to start the last 11 games for the Sissies. In that time she did enough to earn the District 9-3A Newcomer of the Year award. Batting second in the lineup she posted a .464 average with two home runs, six stolen bases and had a .516 onbase percentage.
BASEBALL CO-OFFENSIVE MVP
The District 9-A Offensive MVP led the county with a .468 batting average. He also stole 50 bases and had 24 RBIs. The Dragons’ second baseman helped get his team back to the postseason for the first time in 20 years.
BASEBALL DEFENSIVE MVP
Playing third base and working as the Bulls’ ace, Martinez earned District 9-3A MVP honors. He posted a 2.91 ERA with 61 strikeouts and batted .419 with five homers and 39 RBIs. In the field he had .923 fielding percentage while helping guide Bridgeport to the postseason.
BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE YEAR
York led the county with a 1.86 ERA. He recorded an 8-4 record with 102 strikeouts and two saves. The District 9-A Pitcher of the Year helped lead the Dragons to the area round of the state playoffs. At the plate he batted .319 with 20 RBIs.
BASEBALL UTILITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Samples was a busy man for the Bulls, playing shortstop and pitcher. On the mound he had a 1.65 ERA with six wins and 27 strikeouts. At shortstop he had a .918 fielding percentage. Offensively he batted .351 with 25 RBIs and a home run. He earned District 9-3A second-team honors.
BASEBALL CO-OFFENSIVE MVP
Read was clutch at the plate all season long for the Bulls. He batted .407 with 33 RBIs and a home run. Read scored 38 runs and stole seven bases.
On the mound, he posted a 9-0 record with a 2.50 ERA and 80 strikeouts. He helped lead the Bulls to a district championship and the area round of the state playoffs while earning District 9-3A Offensive Player of the Year honors.
SOFTBALL OFFENSIVE MVP
After being injured her freshman year, Howard exploded on the scene in 2013. She led Boyd with a .542 average. Howard had six home runs, 38 RBIs and scored 44 runs. Defensively she earned all-district shortstop honors.
SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE YEAR
The sophomore hurler helped lead the Lady Jackets to the postseason posting a 16-6 record with a 3.46 ERA and 128 strikeouts. She threw 123 innings and only walked 24 batters on the year. At the plate she batted .410 with 31 RBIs and four home runs. She garnered all-district pitcher honors.
SOFTBALL DEFENSIVE MVP
The Decatur third baseman had only three errors throughout district play. She posted a .920 fielding percentage making some outstanding plays at third and shortstop. Gabriel helped lead the Lady Eagles to a spot in the postseason.
SOFTBALL CO-UTILITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Her primary role was shortstop for the Lady Bulldogs, but Cash also pitched. The District 9-2A Utility Player of the Year batted .457 and had 29 RBIs in only 24 games. In the circle, Cash posted a 5.59 ERA with four wins and 48 strikeouts.
SOFTBALL CO-UTILITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Preather played through injuries most of the season, primarily as the designated hitter. When she did get in the field at shortstop, she posted a .935 fielding percentage. She led the team with a .475 batting average throughout district. Preather drove in 25 runs and only struck out four times all season.
ALL WISE BASEBALL SOFTBALL TEAMS
The first-team 9-2A selection finished with an 8-1 record. He kept the Bulldogs in every game with 1.96 ERA and 88 strikeouts. Baker also batted .400 with 23 RBIs and three home runs.
The senior backstop posted the Bulldogs’ best average at .439. The District 9-2A first-team selection also had 26 RBIs, two homers and scored 21 runs.
The first team 9-2A pick batted .388 and drove in 21 runs. The Bulldogs’ second baseman also scored 29 runs and hit four home runs.
Batting leadoff for the Yellowjackets, Partin did a good job setting the table with a .492 on-base percentage. The center fielder had a .421 average, scored 17 runs and stole 12 bases while earning first team all-district honors.
Bridgeport’s backstop picked up District 9-3A first-team honors after batting .376 with 19 RBIs. Behind the plate he posted a .990 fielding percentage. On the mound he had a 3.76 ERA with eight strikeouts.
The Bulls’ first baseman earned second-team 9-3A honors after batting .283 with 18 RBIs.
The Eagles’ second baseman batted leadoff for Decatur and had a .293 average. The first-team all-district selection had an .857 fielding percentage.
Dovel did a little bit of everything for the Eagles. The second-team 9-3A pick played first base, designated hitter and pitched while batting .344 with nine RBIs and three home runs. On the mound he had a 2.52 ERA and struck out 62 batters in 33 innings of work.
The first-team 9-3A selection gave the Eagles a chance to win every game he pitched. Elder had a 1.56 ERA with 65 strikeouts. Offensively he batted .294.
The first-team District 9-3A catcher provided Decatur with a great backstop. Lowe batted .282 and had a .967 fielding percentage.
Tullos was the second leading hitter for the Dragons with a .451 average. The District 9-A first-team outfielder had 36 RBIs and stole 14 bases. As a pitcher he had a 4.25 ERA with 67 strikeouts.
Hardee was all over the field for the Dragons. Playing shortstop, pitcher and outfield he batted .401, with 27 RBIs and scored 26 runs. On the mound he posted a 3.29 ERA with 38 strikeouts.
The Panthers’ catcher batted .320 with 28 RBIs and three home runs to earn second-team 9-2A honors.
Bridgeman batted .328 for the Panthers with 20 RBIs and eight stolen bases. As a pitcher he posted a 5.40 ERA with 24 strikeouts.
The District 9-2A Newcomer of the Year struck out 134 batters in only 69 innings of work. She had a 4.59 ERA while going 9-4. At the plate she had a .453 average including five triples.
The Lady Bulldogs’ catcher earned District 9-2A second-team honors while batting .365, including eight doubles and 18 RBIs.
Boyd’s first baseman was the District 9-2A Offensive MVP. She finished the season with a .470 average including six home runs and 13 doubles.
The 9-3A first-team pick batted cleanup for the Sissies. She had a .375 average with a .417 on base percentage.
Bridgeport’s leadoff hitter drove defenses crazy with 24 stolen bases. Davidson finished with a .321 average and 25 runs scored. Defensively she played shortstop and pitcher.
The District 9-3A second-team selection at catcher had a .328 average including a team-leading eight doubles.
The Lady Eagles’ designated player boasted a .545 average, with four home runs and nine RBIs in district play.
The consistent fielder used her speed to beat out several plays for a .667 average while batting lead off for Decatur. She finished with five stolen bases and scored 12 runs.
In her first year of varsity action, the Lady Eagles’ first baseman batted .423 with nine RBIs in district play.
The Lady Texans’ shortstop batted .477 and tied a team record with eight home runs. She scored 37 runs and stole 13 bases while landing on the District 4-5A first team.
The first-team 4-5A selection batted .427 with 34 RBIs. She tied for the team lead in homers with eight.
Rutledge led the Lady Panthers in runs scored and tied for the team lead in RBIs with 25. She batted .417 with 31 runs scored.
The Lady Panthers’ leadoff hitter and did a great job of putting the ball in play. The 9-2A second-team pick finished with a .449 average and a .519 on base percentage.
The first-team 9-2A selection at first base batted .481 with 26 RBIs. She also scored 34 runs.
Bridgeport: Laney Campbell, Shiloh Weirich; Boyd: Gabby Saldivar
Chico: Chase Long; Paradise: JD Pearson, Jarrett Holt, Caiden Berry; Decatur: Austin Givens; Boyd: Sal Spinelli, Cody Jacobs; Bridgeport: Erik Delgadillo; Alvord: Jonathan Musgrave, Justin Heap
Credits: A special thanks to Decatur softball coach Carly Cloud and Bridgeport baseball coach Ted Leps for letting us use their fields for this year’s photos. We also want to thank this year’s representatives for their time out in the heat. The photos were taken by Jimmy Alford. The players were nominated by their coaches and selected by Sports Editor Clay Corbett.