They released the District 23-2A all-district softball team this week, and they could have held the announcement at Mildred High School, where the Lady Eagles dominated the team.
Not only did Olivia Farmer walk away with the player of the year honors, but Mildred’s Joanna Tapley was the district’s offensive player of the year, Maddie Moore was the league’s newcomer of the year and Hannah Jones won the Fighting Heart award.
That was just the beginning for Mildred.
The Lady Eagles also had six players named to the all-district first-team, and all six are underclassmen. Farmer and Jones are the only seniors from Mildred, which looks to be a powerhouse next year as well.
Farmer ended her softball career at Mildred with a season to remember. She hit .621 with six homers and 25 of her 54 hits went for extra bases. Farmer drove in 52 runs on those 54 hits, and she stole 35 bases and scored 40 runs. She also went 6-4 on the mound and struck out 63 batters in 60 1/3 innings.
Tapley, a junior, batted .418 with six homers and she drove in 26 runs and scored 26 runs. Moore, a freshman, hit .469, stole 19 bases and scored 37 runs.
Mildred’s first-team selections were led by pitcher Aubyn Turner, a junior who went 13-5 with a 2.22 ERA. She struck out 87 in 107 innings and also batted .354 and stole 43 bases. Mildred’s Brianna Weaver, a junior who hit .356 with 19 RBIs, and Savannah Pritchett, a sophomore who hit .355 and scored 29 runs while driving in 19, were both named as first-team infielders.
Abbie Burnham, a freshman who hit .328 and scored 23 runs, and Shelby Adamson, a junior, were both named to the first-team outfield. Callie Bland, a junior who hit. 390 with three homers and 25 RBIs and 20 stolen bases, was named the designated player on the first-team.
Blooming Grove also had a big impact on the team. Falcon Thompson, a junior who went 13-10 with three shutouts and a 1.66 ERA, was named the co-pitcher of the year. Thompson struck out 140 batters in 126 innings and she also was a threat at the plate, hitting .306 and driving in 21 runs. Blooming Grove’s Sydney Horner, a sophomore who hit .535 and stole 38 bases and scored 33 runs, was the utility player of the year.
Blooming Grove had four players named to the first team. Catcher Steely Southard, a junior who batted .404 and stole 14 bases, led the way. Haven Cofer, a senior who hit .392, and Hannah Chaffin, a senior who hit .475, were both named to the first-team infield. Rachel East, a junior, was named to the first-team outfield.
Rice’s Samantha Harris. a junior who hit .683, stole 36 bases and had a .937 fielding average at shortstop, was named to the first-team infield.
District 23-2A All-District Softball Team
Player of the Year — Olivia Farmer , Sr., Mildred
Offensive POY — Joanna Tapley, Jr. Mildred
Defensive POY — Morgan Evans, Sr., Riesel
Co-Pitcher POY — Falcon Thompson, Jr., Blooming Grove; Tiffany Scruggs, Fr., Teague
Newcomer of the Year — Maddie Moore, Fr., Mildred
Utility — Sydney Horner, So., Blooming Grove
Fighting Heart — Hannah Jones, Sr., Mildred
Aubyn Turner, Jr., Mildred
Steely Southard, Jr., Blooming Grove
Haven Cofer, Sr., Blooming Grove
Hannah Chaffin, Sr., Blooming Grove
Brianna Weaver, Jr., Mildred
Savannah Pritchett, So., Mildred
Samantha Harris, Jr., Rice
Savannah Martinez, Fr., Riesel
Abbie Burham, Fr., Mildred
Shelby Adamson, Jr., Mildred
Rachel East, Jr., Blooming Grove
Skylar Hildago, Jr., Riesel
Jayme Smith, So., Teague
Callie Bland, Jr., Mildred
Taylor Rutledge, Jr., Buffalo
Ashley Hickerson, Sr., Riesel
Morgan McCreary, So., Mildred
Lauren Miller, Sr., Blooming Grove
Hunter Keilers, Sr., Rice
Ashton Metcalf, So., Rice
Paige Marshall, Sr., Riesel
Kelsie Lummas, Jr., Teague
Ellie Perales, Jr. Teague
Yasmine Hinojosa, Fr., Rice
Lindsey Shuart, Sr., Blooming Grove
Shelby Beamon, Sr. Blooming Grove
Hope Scales, Fr., Teague
McKenzie Lowery, Sr., Riesel
Kate Glick, Jr., Buffalo
Kristen Massingill, Jr., Riesel
Hannah Owens, Jr., Rice
Ashton Dunlap, Jr., Riesel