Touching All the Bases
Dodd leads 11 Lady Cat All-District selections
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY, News-Telegram Sports Editor
May 13, 2008 - District 11-4A pitchers found it difficult to face the batting lineup for the Sulphur Springs Lady Cats, and coaches found it just as difficult not to vote for the SSHS players on the All-District team.
Junior first baseman Katie Dodd was named the district's Offensive Player of the Year, topping a list that included five teammates on the First Team and five more on the Second Team.
"We had a great season, and I'm proud of all the girls who were recognized on the All-District team," said SSHS head coach David Carrillo. "I would have liked to have had a few more in the superlatives, but we were well-represented on the team."
The Lady Cats finished 8-2 in district (23-11 overall) and won their bi-district series against Marshall before losing in the area round to Forney.
That success translated onto the All-District team.
Dodd led the SSHS nominees, and was joined on the First Team by senior pitcher Marci Womack, junior catchers Maurie Lewis and Krista McMahan, sophomore third baseman Mac Morgan and sophomore left fielder JaMonica Hall.
On the Second Team were pitchers Kaci Kennedy and Taylor Clifton, junior shortstop Brittani Crawford, senior second baseman Amanda McGowin and senior center fielder Kelsey Evans. Freshman right fielder Kara Tomlinson was named Honorable Mention.
Dodd batted a team-high .531 in 10 district games with 13 runs scored. She had seven extra-base hits including two home runs, drove in a team-high 14 runs and walked five times. Her slugging percentage was an astronomical .938, and her on-base percentage was .579.
"Katie had a great year," Carrillo said. "She was a tough out every game. She never gave in."
Lewis and McMahan shared time at catcher and designated player, as both of them played in all 10 district games. Lewis batted .313 with nine runs, four doubles, eight RBI and five walks. She did not allow a passed ball and had no stolen base attempts against her. McMahan batted .333 with three doubles, four RBI and 10 hits.
Morgan, batting lead-off, batted .219 in district with nine runs, two doubles and six RBI. She had an on-base percentage of .342 and stole three bases in five attempts. Her fielding percentage was .935.
In her first year on varsity, Hall batted .407 in district with nine runs scored and five RBI. She was also a sure-handed fielder who made several diving catches.
Womack ended up being a pleasant surprise for Carrillo even though she was a returning All-District player. After off-season wrist surgery, no one knew if she would be able to pitch at all this season. She threw just two innings before district, but ended up going 1-1 with four saves and a 0.97 ERA. She struck out 37 and walked just three in 29 innings.
On the Second Team, Kennedy and Clifton combined for a 7-1 record. Kennedy, a junior, went 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA, striking out 19 and walking one in 18 innings. Clifton, a sophomore, was 3-1 with a 1.31 ERA. She struck out 15 and walked two in 21 innings.
Crawford, batting clean-up in the order, hit a robust .387 with 12 RBI. She had a .441 on-base percentage and scored four runs. McGowin hit .313 with 10 hits and five RBI. She scored two runs.
Playing centerfield, Evans had just one error in 10 games. She also batted .161 with a .235 on-base percentage.
Tomlinson was moved to varsity after the JV season was finished, and in five games she batted .412 with two doubles and four runs.
The All-District team was topped by North Lamar pitcher Rayn House and first baseman Chelsea Steelman, who shared the MVP award.
Lindale's Brooke Martin and Texas High's Ariel McDowell shared the Pitcher of the Year honor, while North Lamar senior Kara Crawford was named Catcher of the Year. Defensive Player of the Year went to North Lamar' Ashley Endsley, while the Utility Player of the Year was shared by Paris senior Macy Allen and Lindale senior Ashton Brey. The district's top freshman was Texas High's Morgan Patton, while the top newcomer was Cobi Barker of North Lamar.
11-4A All-District Softball
Co-MVP - Chelsea Steelman, North Lamar, Sr.; Rayn House, North Lamar, So.
Co-Pitcher of the Year - Brooke Martin, Lindale, Sr.; Ariel McDowell, Texas High, Jr.
Catcher of the Year - Kara Crawford, North Lamar, Sr.
Offensive Player of the Year - Katie Dodd, Sulphur Springs, Jr.
Defensive Player of the Year - Ashley Endsley, North Lamar, Jr.
Newcomer of the Year - Cobi Barker, North Lamar, Fr.
Freshman of the Year - Morgan Patton, Texas High, Fr.
Co-Utility Player of the Year - Macy Allen, Paris, Sr.; Ashton Brey, Lindale, Sr.
Coach of the Year - Kathy Barker, North Lamar
Pitchers - Kaci Crawford, North Lamar, Sr.; Marci Womack, Sulphur Springs, Sr.
Catchers - Katie Clark, Paris, Sr.; Maurie Lewis, Sulphur Springs, So.; Krista McMahan, Sulphur Springs, So.
Infielders - Erin McGregor, North Lamar, Jr.; Darby Pierce, Paris, Jr.; Keely Nusko, Lindale, Sr.; Mac Morgan, Sulphur Springs, So.; Tiffany Lampin, Lindale, Jr.
Outfielders - Chelsie Shackelford, North Lamar, Jr.; Kim Meriwether, Mount Pleasant, Fr.; JaMonica Hall, Sulphur Springs, So.; Kelly Byrd, Lindale, Jr.
Utility - Leila Calabria, Paris, Fr.; Shelbi Burkham, Lindale, So.
Pitchers - Tyler Clifton, Sulphur Springs, So.; Kaci Kennedy, Sulphur Springs, Jr.
Catchers - Valerie Howell, Lindale, So.; Elizabeth Stephens, Mount Pleasant, Sr.
Infielders - Ashleigh Rimpel, Paris, So.; Brittani Crawford, Sulphur Springs, Jr.; Amanda McGowin, Sulphur Springs, Jr.; Elizabeth Hughes, Texas High, Sr.; Taylor Robnett, Texas High, So.
Outfielders - Taylor Steelman, North Lamar, So.; Ashley Fendley, North Lamar, So.; Stephanie Bledsoe, Texas High, So.; Kelsey Evans, Sulphur Springs, Sr.; Shanicquia Grant, Mount Pleasant, Fr.
(SSHS players only)
Outfielder - Kara Tomlinson, Fr.