Coming off the highest district finish ever for a Granbury High softball team, nine members of the Granbury Lady Pirates were named to the All-District 7-4A Team by the league’s coaches.
Destini Lopez earned Pitcher of the Year honors. The junior fashioned a 12-8 record with a 2.53 earned run average, along with 108 strikeouts and 29 walks in 94 innings.
Behind Lopez’s performance the Lady Pirates finished 17-9 overall and were second in district (12-4) behind state champion Aledo.
“I am very proud of how the girls played this season, and we have improved tremendously,” said first-year head coach Mallory Smith.
“We are getting closer to where we want to be. We are only losing three seniors this year, so that leaves me excited and hopeful for this next year.”
All three seniors were honored, with catcher/infielder Maci Samuelson being named to the first team, infielder Ashley Edes a second-teamer, and outfielder Rayla Helci an honorable mention.
Also named to the first team were junior catcher/outfielder Taelyn Beadle and junior infielder Alyssia Allen. Joining Edes on the second team are junior first baseman/third baseman Whitley Tipton and freshman outfielder Livia Zamora. Freshman pitcher/first baseman Kristen Money is also honorable mention.
Samuelson posted a team-best .455 batting average that included five doubles, two triples and a home run. She drove in 10 runs and walked 15 times.
Allen led the team in triples with six, along with four doubles, a home run and 11 RBIs. She batted .384.
Along with having the top fielding percentage on the team (.987), Beadle batted .309 with five doubles and 13 RBIs.
Edes shared the team lead in RBIs with Tipton, each with 22. Edes batted .333 with 13 walks and three triples, and Tipton .353 with seven doubles, two triples and two home runs.
Zamora walked 15 times and drove in 10 runs.
“I am happy all of these kids were recognized for their hard work and talent all season,” said Smith.
[email protected] | 817-573-7066, ext. 256
All-District 7-4A Softball Team
Pitcher of the Year – Destini Lopez, jr.
First Team – IF Alyssia Allen, jr.; C/OF Taelyn Beadle, jr.; C/IF Maci Samuelson, sr..
Second Team – IF Ashley Edes, sr.; 1B/3B Whitley Tipton, jr.; OF Livia Zamora, fr.
OF Rayla Helci, sr.; P/1B Kristen Money, fr.