Standout softball players in the area had players earn statewide recognition as they were named to the Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Softball team.
Hailey Dixon, went 18-10 her senior year at Sulphur Springs and was named to the Third team for Class 4A. She had an earned run average of 1.80, seven shutouts, four no-hitters and a perfect game. Dixon struck out 254 batters in 174.2 innings. She will be playing for Northeast Community College in Mount Pleasant next year.
“It's a great honor for her to be recognized. She has worked very hard and this is just the rewards of it. Hailey is a fierce competitor and very deserving of this honor,” said David Carrillo, Sulphur Springs head softball coach. “We are extremely proud of her. She was a big factor in the success we had this year. We wish Hailey all the best as she goes on to play at the next level.”
North Hopkins placed two players on the Class A, honorable mention list‚— Baile Gammill and Chelsey Crouch.
Gammill, a freshman catcher, hit .525 with four homers, 12 doubles, six triples, 30 runs batted in. She was a perfect 41 of 41 stealing bases. She ended the year hitting in 23-consecutive games.
Crouch, a junior first baseman, made just one error all year. She hit .583 with 26 RBIs, pounding 15 doubles.
"We are very proud of this accomplishment for the girls; both are very deserving and they have set a standard that we must work to reach each year. We only lost two seniors this year and have a group of 8th graders who were undefeated coming up, so the future looks bright for North Hopkins softball," said Larry Tucker, North Hopkins athletic director.
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