A number of star-studded athletes on the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity softball team were recently honored for their abilities, both on and off the field, as the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) released the 2016-2017 Division II District 3 All-District and All-State awards lists.
“We had a great year,” said Anthony Springer, Lady Guard softball head coach. “We lost a total of seven seniors last year and had several of our younger players step up. Our senior leadership this year was exceptional and helped to lead the team through pre-district, district play, and into the playoffs. They definitely faced adversity and we even had our share of injuries to work through, but this team battled through that and pressed on. Several other people thought it would be a down year for our program because of the face of how many seniors we lost, but we were able to play well and go a couple of rounds deep into the playoffs.”
The Lady Guard varsity softball team picked up a total of seven placements on the TAPPS Division II District 3 All-District First Team list, including junior catcher Madison Anthony, senior shortstop Alyssa Duplichain, sophomore pitcher Kasey Anderson, senior first baseman AD Kuechle, sophomore third baseman Micah Lovelady, junior outfielder Cassie Cannon, and junior second baseman Kyndel Clayton.
Behind the plate, Anthony was a strong asset for the Lady Guard, holding a .981 fielding percentage with 145 putouts and eight assists out of 156 total chances. Anthony also did damage for the Lady Guard with her bat, collecting a580 batting average with 47 hits (30 singles, nine doubles, five triples), 21 runs batted in, and 44 runs.
Duplichain plugged the infield hole well for the Lady Guard this season with 59 putouts and 18 assists out of 86 chances and an fielding percentage of .895. At the plate, Duplichain held a .557 batting average with 44 hits (28 singles, 10 doubles, three triples), 35 RBIs, and 37 runs.
As the team’s ace pitcher, Anderson’s arm helped to lead the charge for the Lady Guard, as Anderson collected a 13-5 record and a 3.487 earned run average, allowing 91 hits, 88 runs, 44 earned runs, 65 walks, and 97 strikeouts in 88.1 innings pitched. As a batter, Anderson collected a .392 batting average with a total of 31 hits (27 singles, three doubles, one triple), 22 RBIs, and 34 runs.
Kuechle was a strong hitter for the Lady Guard during the 2016-2017 campaign, batting a.481 batting average with 37 hits (20 singles, 13 doubles, two triples), 43 RBIs, and 29 runs. In the field, Kuechle .934 fielding percentage was the second-highest on the team, with 81 putouts and four assists in 91 total chances.
At bat, Lovelady connected on 22 total hits (16 singles, four doubles, one triple, allowing her to collect a .393 batting average, with 20 RBIs and 15 runs. Lovelady’s glove provided a .702 fielding percentage, with 15 put outs and 18 assists in 47 total chances.
Cannon’s outfield presence allowed her to hold a .600 fielding percentage with seven put outs and two assists in 15 total chances, while her bat provided a .250 batting average with seven total hits (six singles, one double), one RBI, and 12 runs.
At second base, Clayton was able to collect a .806 fielding percentage thanks to 18 put outs and seven assists out of 31 total chances. Clayton was also used as the Lady Guard’s primary relief/second game pitcher, as she collected a 4-2 record and a 3.119 ERA, allowing 44 hits, 42 runs, 15 earned runs, 18 walks, and 17 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. At the plate, Clayton connected on 17 hits for a .262 batting average (14 singles, two doubles, one triple), 19 RBIs, and 12 runs.
Likewise, a total of four Lady Guard softball players were also honored as TAPPS Division II District 3 All-District Second Team members. Players receiving the accolade included sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Juarez, freshman outfielder Natalie Travis, junior outfielder Vanna Dean, and senior utility player Brianna Young.
At the plate, Juarez held a .286 batting average with eight hits (seven singles, one double), nine RBIs, and 11 runs.
As an outfielder Travis was able to bring in three put outs out of six total chances, for a fielding percentage of .500.
Dean also had success with her glove in the outfield for the Lady Guard, taking a .500 fielding percentage with seven put outs out of 14 attempts.
As a batter, Young held to a .304 batting average with 14 hits (11 singles, three doubles), 11 RBIs, and 10 runs. Young also collected a .739 fielding percentage with 30 put outs and four assists out of 46 total chances.
On the TAPPS 2016-2017 All-State list, Brook Hill varsity softball picked up a total of five honors, including Duplichain and Anthony, as First Team All-State; Kuechle and Anderson, as Second Team All-State; and Lovelady, as Honorable Mention All-State.
The final postseason accolade received by a member of the 2016-2017 Lady Guard varsity softball team went to Clayton, who was named as Academic All-State.
The Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity softball team finished the 2017 season with an overall record of 21-8, 6-0 in district play, and recognition as District Champions and Area Champions. The team advanced to the Regional contest, where they were defeated by the Fort Worth Christian Lady Cardinals, 9-2.
“I'm so proud of our team this year,” said Springer. “I'm so proud of their accomplishments; they dominated our district and were district champs and area champs. Most of all, they represented the Brook Hill community with great class both on and off the field.”