Lady Guard softball marches to 12 All-District postseason accolades

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With the season in the history books for the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity softball team, several of the team’s players were recently recognized for their performances on the diamond during its 2018 campaign, as the TAPPS Class 5A Division II District 3 accolades list has been released.

On this year’s First Team All-District list, the Lady Guard softball program collected a total of six of the 13 recognitions, with the honors being presented to junior pitcher Kasey Anderson, senior catcher Maddie Anthony, senior infielder Cassie Cannon, junior outfielder Kaitlyn Juarez, freshman infielder McKenna Lovelady, and junior infielder Micah Lovelady.

Anderson was a strong force for opposing teams to battle against in the circle this season, claiming an 11-4 overall record with a 3.694 earned run average, allowing 76 hits, 50 runs, and 38 earned runs, while striking out 113 batters and collecting 22 walks and two hit by pitches.

Anderson also held a .593 batting average for the season, with 32 hits (25 singles, four doubles, three triples), 13 runs batted in, and 34 runs scored, as well as a .967 fielding percent with 23 putouts out of 30 chances and just one error.

Behind the plate for the Lady Guard, Anthony’s .959 fielding percentage was among the team’s best, collecting 137 putouts out of 145 opportunities, committing just six errors throughout the season. She also was a leader at the plate, swinging for a .571 batting average with 28 hits (17 singles, nine doubles, two home runs) wit 22 RBIs and 30 runs scored.

For Cannon, the 2018 campaign proved to be fruitful, as she earned a .257 batting average with nine hits (six singles, two doubles, one triple), with eight RBIs and 23 scored runs. In the field, Cannon was attributed with a .900 fielding percentage with 26 putouts out of 30 chances, committing three errors.

Juarez was a constant contributor for the team this season, connecting for a .429 batting average with 18 hits (14 singles, four doubles), with 11 RBIs and 16 runs scored. In the field, she added a .929 to her stats, with 12 putouts out of 14 opportunities, committing just one error.

Although a freshman, McKenna Lovelady was a dominant presence at the plate for the Lady Guard, swinging for a .540 batting average with a total of 27 hits (18 singles, four doubles, three triples, two home runs) with 18 runs scored and 34 RBIs. Her fielding percentage for the season was .962, with 22 putouts out of 26 attempts, with just one error.

She also saw action in the circle for the team, collecting a 1-1 overall record with a 6.375 ERA, allowing 27 hits, 23 runs, and 17 earned runs, while striking out 21 batters and allowing 14 walks.

Micah Lovelady swung a heavy stick at the plate during her 2018 season, compiling a .549 ERA with 28 hits (15 singles, nine doubles, one triple, three home runs), scoring a total of 32 and adding 35 RBIs. She led the team in fielding percentage with a stat of .969, collecting 28 putouts out of 32 opportunities, with just one error committed.

The Lady Guard team also marched its way to a total of three honors on the Second Team All-District list, with the accolades being credited to freshman infielder Neeley Clark, senior outfielder Vanna Dean, and freshman infielder Mary Roberts.

Clark’s bat was able to collect a .282 batting average at the plate, with a total of 11 hits (nine singles one double, one triple), amassing 14 RBIs and 13 runs scored. She also earned a .667 fielding percentage with 12 putouts out of 18 opportunities, and a total of six errors committed.

At the plate this season, Dean connected on eight hits (six singles, two doubles), adding up to a .222 batting average, with 16 runs scored and seven RBIs. Dean also collected a .500 fielding percentage, with three putouts on six attempts, with three errors.

Roberts also contributed well to the Lady Guard’s lineup in the 2018 campaign, holding a .800 fielding percentage, recording 12 putouts out of 15 chances and committing a total of three errors. She also swung for a .188 batting average with six hits (five singles, one double), collecting four RBIs and scoring eight runs.

The final honors on the TAPPS Class 5A Division II District 3 accolades list picked up by the Lady Guard softball player were in the Honorable Mention category, as a total of three players were presented with the accolade, including freshman outfielder Presley Mizell, freshman outfielder Lexi Turner, and freshman outfielder Grace Yeager.

Mizell provided a strong effort at the plate, hitting for a .429 batting average with a total of six hits (all singles), scoring five runs, and collecting seven RBIs.

Up to bat, Turner hit for a .250 batting average for the Lady Guard, with two hits (both singles), two RBIs, and two runs scored.

Yeager also provided the team with a crucial swing on the lineup card, collecting a .462 batting average with six hits (all singles), five runs scored, and five RBIs.

Coached by head coach Anthony Springer and assistant coach Candise Wise, the Brook Hill Lady Guard varsity softball team ended the 2018 campaign with an overall record of 13-5, 6-1 in district play, and was recognized as the Area and Regional Champions.

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