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Looking Sharp

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, June 14, 2014

BASEBALL MVP

Dillon Meadows

Dillon Meadows. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Dillon Meadows
Paradise, junior
Meadows turned in another dominating season on the mound and at the plate. He finished 6-3 with a 1.79 ERA and struck out 153 batters to earn 9-2A Pitcher of the Year. The Panther also hit .484 with 27 RBIs and a home run.

SOFTBALL MVP

Chelsea Arlington

Chelsea Arlington. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Chelsea Arlington
Boyd, junior
The Boyd pitcher guided the Lady Yellowjackets to the second round of the playoffs with her work in the pitching circle and at the plate. She went 14-6 with a 4.30 ERA in the circle, striking out 84. At the plate, Arlington hit .443 with 3 home runs and 57 RBIs. The 9-2A first-team pitcher was among the nation’s leaders in RBIs for much of the year,

BASEBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Lane Peace

Lane Peace. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Lane Peace
Alvord, senior
Before breaking his ankle during the second half of 9-2A play, Peace was on a tear in the middle of the Alvord lineup, hitting .559 with 28 RBIs and 4 homers. He also stole 11 bases on his way to becoming a first-team 9-2A shortstop.

BASEBALL UTILITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Alex Samples

Alex Samples. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Alex Samples
Bridgeport, senior
The four-year starting shortstop for the Bulls ended his high school career on a solid note, hitting .296 with 15 RBIs and a homer. He posted an .869 fielding percentage, handling 130 chances. On the mound, he allowed only 4 earned runs in 55 innings and struck out 48.

BASEBALL PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Tyler Melton

Tyler Melton. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Tyler Melton
Chico, sophomore
The Chico ace went 8-3 and posted a 2.01 ERA in 62.2 innings. He struck out 62. The 9-A first-team pitcher threw a three-hitter, allowing two unearned runs in eight innings of a Class A area game against Gorman. Melton also hit .549 with two homers and 52 RBIs.

BASEBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Marshall Anderle

Marshall Anderle. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Marshall Anderle
Chico, senior
The Dragons’ catcher was a wall behind the plate, posting a .959 fielding percentage and handled a young pitching staff that posted a 3.72 ERA. Anderle also hit .441 with 17 RBIs and 12 extra-base hits to become 9-A’s Offensive Player of the Year.

BASEBALL NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Mason Baur

Mason Baur. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Mason Baur
Decatur, sophomore
In his first season at Decatur, Baur made a huge impact on the mound and on the infield. He posted a 1.70 ERA, going 5-3 with 53 strikeouts. He batted .293 with 15 RBIs.

SOFTBALL UTILITY PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jett Preather

Jett Preather. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Jett Preather
Paradise, junior
After missing the early part of the season with an injury, Preather came back to help the Lady Panthers on their playoff push, batting .413 with 13 RBIs and scoring 19 runs. She also played solid in the field at shortstop, earning 9-2A Utility Player of the Year.

SOFTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Savannah Foster

Savannah Foster. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Savannah Foster
Boyd, junior
The Boyd backstop captured her third straight 9-2A Defensive MVP honor. She owned a .980 fielding percentage and threw out 11 of 14 base runners attempting to steal. She also picked off another six runners. At the plate, Foster hit .460 from the leadoff spot with 28 RBIs, 2 homers, 6 triples and 17 doubles on the way to earning TGCA all-state honors.

SOFTBALL PITCHER OF THE YEAR

Reagan Taylor

Reagan Taylor. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Reagan Taylor
Paradise, junior
The Paradise pitcher posted a 3.47 ERA and 11-9 record to guide the Lady Panthers to the playoffs. She was her best in a one-game tiebreaker against Peaster, allowing a run on two hits in six innings. Taylor also batted .536 with 31 RBIs and 2 homers.

SOFTBALL NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Hailey Hollingsworth

Hailey Hollingsworth. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Hailey Hollingsworth
Bridgeport, freshman
In her freshman campaign, she went 9-12 in the pitcher’s circle with a 2.55 ERA and recorded 102 strikeouts. She also batted .338 with 11 RBIs and 18 stolen bases from the leadoff spot for the Sissies, earning second team 9-3A.

SOFTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Payton Salmon

Payton Salmon. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Payton Salmon
Boyd, sophomore
The third baseman was a steady bat in the lineup all season, batting an area-best .638 with 37 RBIs and 15 doubles. The 9-2A Offensive MVP hit .725 in league play. She also posted a .944 fielding percentage.

PITCHERS

Kelsie Roberts
Decatur, freshman
The freshman hurler helped Decatur secure the fourth playoff spot out of 9-3A. She struck out 16 in 25 innings and allowed 21 runs.

Gabby Saldivar
Boyd, senior
As Boyd’s No. 2 starter, Saldivar went 8-2 with a 2.90 ERA. The second-team 9-2A pitcher also hit .397 with 4 homers and 29 RBIs.

CATCHERS

Kensley Turner
Bridgeport, sophomore
The Sissies’ catcher batted .431 and drove in 23 runs. She also posted a .937 fielding percentage to earn a 9-2A second-team spot.

Brianna Carter
Decatur, senior
Carter led the Lady Eagles with a .510 average and drove in 6 runs.

Regan Guthrie
Alvord, sophomore
The Alvord backstop hit .521 to earn a first-team 9-2A selection.

INFIELD

Allison Rutledge
Paradise, junior
The Lady Panthers’ leadoff hitter batted .345 with 9 RBIs and was a first-team 9-2A infielder.

Diana Garcia
Bridgeport, junior
The Sissies’ third-hole hitter batted .412 with 12 RBIs. She stole 23 bases on the way to a 9-3A second-team pick.

Brianna Barnhill
Northwest, senior
The Lady Texans’ second baseman batted .421 with 3 homers and 25 RBIs.

Britney Howard
Boyd, junior
The Lady Yellowjackets’ shortstop batted .479 with 35 RBIs and 2 homers. She earned first-team 9-2A.

Chandler Hammond
Boyd, junior
The Boyd first baseman drove in 35 runs from the left side of the plate and hit .443 with a homer. She owned a .932 fielding percentage.

OUTFIELD

Darla Walterscheid
Paradise, sophomore
The Paradise outfielder earned first-team 9-2A after hitting .361 with 3 homers and 12 RBIs.

Kandi Rose
Alvord, senior
The first-team 9-2A outfielder batted .389 for the Lady Bulldogs.

Shiloh Weirich
Bridgeport, junior
The Bridgeport left fielder hit .262 with 13 RBIs. She stole 21 bases and led the team in sacrifices.

Tuesday DerMargosian
Northwest, sophomore
The speedy outfielder batted .567 and scored 23 runs.

Alex Gabriel
Decatur, senior
The first-team 9-3A outfielder batted .302 and drove in 5 runs during district play.

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