Ashley McDowell named SLC Hitter of the Week

Ashley McDowell named SLC Hitter of the Week

rp_primary_170210_Ashley_McDowell_2BEAUMONT, Texas – Lamar University senior left fielder Ashley McDowell was named the Southland Conference Hitter of the Week the SLC office announced Tuesday.

McDowell hit .625 over five games at the Wooo Pig Classic hosted by the University of Arkansas over the weekend. McDowell was 10-of-16 with three RBIs, two doubles, two triples, one home run and 11 runs scored. She had a slugging percentage of 1.188 and an on-base percentage of .632. McDowell had at least one hit in every game and had four multi-hit games at the tournament. The Cardinals went 2-3 on the weekend, defeating IUPUI, splitting with Nebraska and dropping two games to Arkansas.

“Ashley had a great week,” LU coach Holly Bruder said. “To do it against the caliber of teams we faced makes it even more impressive.”

It was a record-setting weekend for McDowell, who set LU career marks with 20 home runs, 33 doubles and 268 total bases. Her three RBIs gave her 93 for her career, one shy of Jenna Holland‘s school record of 94.

McDowell looks to continue her hot hitting this weekend when the Cardinals (7-13) host Northwestern State in a three-game Southland Conference series. LU and the Lady Demons will play a single game Friday and a doubleheader at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Ashley is an alumni of Vision Fastpitch playing for coaches Martin & Kim Poole.  Stay tuned for all of the latest softball news.

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UIL Softball Players to Watch

UIL Softball Players to Watch

Great article featuring two of Vision Fastpitch’s own!

Miranda Pruitt – Joshua High School- plays for 18U Vision Fastpitch Elite coached by Mark Murphree is a player to watch. Miranda is already committed to play college ball at Tarleton State University.

Morgan Rios is a ’17 who has signed to play at the University of Louisiana-Monroe and currently plays for the 18U Vision Fastpitch Gold team.

Players to watch

*2016 Super team

Maggie Black, Colleyville Heritage, Jr.: UTA commit led Panthers with 24 RBIs.

Lauren Blue, Mansfield Summit, Sr.: Blue was 14-5A Co-Utility MVP and can play anywhere on the field. Signed with Kansas Wesleyan.

Aralee Bogar, Byron Nelson, Sr.: Signed to Iowa, Bogar hit .450 and set school single-season records with 45 hits, 37 singles, 47 runs and was 33 of 33 on stolen base attempts.

Avery Boley, Fort Worth Nolan Catholic, Jr.: Team-highs 11 home runs, 55 runs, 19 doubles to go with 45 hits, 45 RBIs and 1.568 OPS.

*Calie Burris, Birdville, Sr.: Burris signed with Abilene Christian last fall after helping the Hawks to the 5A state title in June. Led the team with 10 home runs.

Bekka Castillo, Cleburne, Jr.: 12 doubles and 20 RBIs for the Trinity Valley Community College commit. First-team all-district.

Caitlyn Curlee, Keller Timber Creek, Sr.: The 5-6A Catcher of the Year can also play third and pitch. Finished with 15 doubles and team-highs .402 BA and 1.085 OPS. Signed to Southern Nazarene.

*Meagan Dake, Mansfield Legacy, Sr.: With Reagan Wright gone, the East Central signee becomes Legacy’s primary offensive threat. Hit three home runs this weekend.

Amanda Desario, Keller, Soph.: Texas Tech commit was 5-6A Newcomer of the Year and made the state all-tournament team. Hit .521 with 61 hits, 28 RBIs, 45 runs and 38 stolen bases.

*Kallie Erwin, L.D. Bell, Soph.: Tarleton State commit was 7-6A MVP with 15-4 record, 1.48 ERA and 147 strikeouts. Added 23 RBIs at the plate.

Maddie Flores, Byron Nelson, Jr.: Regis commit had a good opening week with two home runs and 12 RBIs, including two and seven against Martin.

Sydney Friend, Burleson Centennial, Sr.: Team-high 70 hits to go with .583 BA, 43 runs, 19 stolen bases and 27 RBIs for the 8-5A MVP.

*Elena Garcia, Birdville, Sr.: Garcia was named 5A state title game MVP in June. Hit .587 in regular season with five home runs, nine triples, 24 RBIs and 32 runs.

Rachil Gossett, Grapevine, Sr.: First-team 6-5A third baseman looks to help Mustangs into the playoffs after Cynthia Haugh graduated. Heather Haggard, Abby Haugh and Allison Gossett also return.

Autumn Graham, Lake Dallas, Sr.: Hill College signee was a first-team all-district pick.

Logan Graham, Azle, Jr.: Angelo State commit returns as the leading hitter on the Hornets.

Grace Green, Birdville, Soph.: 5A state champ had a great first season — 6-5A Pitcher of the Year, multiple all-state awards. Committed to Oregon.

Madie Green, Timber Creek, Sr.: Henderson State signee could be in for a big season after having an excellent fall league.

*Sophie Hannabas, Mansfield Legacy, Jr.: 14-5A Pitcher of the Year had 10-1 regular season record with 0.43 ERA, and drove in 21 runs.

*Serenity Healy, FW Nolan Catholic, Sr.: Signed to Arkansas Tech, hit .552 with eight homers, 28 extra base hits and 64 RBIs.

*Tarah Hilton, Justin Northwest, Sr. ECU signee set a school record with 40 RBIs. Hit .521.

Kayla Holubek, Saginaw, Jr.: One of three in rotation last season and had best record at 7-3 for playoff-bound Rough Riders.

Mary Grace Howard, Kennedale, Jr.: Hit .400 with 41 RBIs. Three home runs over the weekend.

Maggie Hurst, Paschal, Jr.: The 4-6A Defensive MVP drove in 44 runs, had 14 extra base hits and hit .442 with runners in scoring position.

Kaitlyn Huseman, Saginaw, Jr.: Hot start to the season with a career-high three home runs in the opening week. Committed to ACU.

*Brittany Jackson, Mansfield Lake Ridge, Sr.: Kansas signee hit .719, was 14-5A Offensive MVP and had hits in 21 of 22 games.

Jenica Kevil, Martin, Sr.: Otero JC commit had 20 RBIs, 16 doubles and 47 runs scored. First-team third baseman can play third, short, second and catcher.

Julie Kennedy, Boswell, Soph.: East Central commit hit four home runs in the first week with a 13-strikeout game, and also threw a perfect game. 5-5A Newcomer of the Year.

Mady Lohman, Timber Creek, Jr.: Oklahoma State commit was 5-6A Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman. Hit a grand slam in College Station tourney.

*Patricia Loredo, FW South Hills, Sr.: Led the team in pitching and hitting past two years. 7-5A MVP went 12-4 with 1.25 ERA and 142 strikeouts. Hit .652 with 40 RBIs.

Chelsea Luddeke, Mansfield Timberview, Sr.: North Central Texas College signee is Wolves’ best player. 14-5A Defensive MVP had .433 BA, 13 extra base hits, 27 RBIs and 15 stolen bases.

Zoe Miranda, Burleson, Sr.: Signed with Navarro College, Miranda can play third base and pitch and hit .423 with 10 doubles and 29 RBIs in 2016.

Abbie Moore, Richland, Sr.: Henderson State signee was 7-6A Catcher of the Year.

*Gracie Morton, Burleson Centennial, Jr.: Memphis commit had a monster sophomore campaign — 68 hits, 17 doubles, 15 triples, 42 RBIs and .607 batting average — and named 8-5A Offensive MVP.

*Hayley Murrell, Burleson Centennial, Soph.: Star-Telegram Newcomer of the Year last season after going a perfect 17-0 through the regular season.

Peyton Newman, L.D. Bell, Jr.: First-team 7-6A first baseman with 30 hits and 22 RBIs.

Miranda Pruitt, Joshua, Jr.: Tarleton State commit tied for second among area players with 12 home runs last season.

Olivia Reames, Martin, Sr.: Arkansas Tech signee had nine home runs and was 4-6A Catcher of the Year.

Abby Reeves, Godley, Sr.: 7-4A MVP and East Central signee went 20-6 with 1.55 ERA and 263 strikeouts. Hit .490 with 11 doubles, four home runs, 41 runs and 24 RBIs.

Morgan Rios, Mansfield, Sr.: Team-leading 10 home runs for future Louisiana Monroe Warhawk.

*Paxton Scheurer, Mansfield, Jr.: UTA commit has done nothing but win her first two years. Star-Telegram named Scheurer first-team all-area in 2016, and Newcomer of the Year in 2015.

Ashleigh Sgambelluri, FW Arlington Heights, Jr.: UTA commit had eight home runs last season for the Yellowjackets.

Kasey Simpson, Keller, Jr.: Expect Iowa State commit to have a big year after two very productive seasons to start her career. Starting primary position at shortstop.

Ashley Stone, Arlington Lamar, Sr.: 4-6A Utility MVP last season, hit two home runs in first two at-bats of 2017.

*Abigail Stuart, Southlake Carroll, Jr.: Has hit 15 home runs in her first two years. Hit .435 with team-high seven home runs, 10 doubles, 35 RBIs and 37 runs.

Paige Tamayo, Byron Nelson, Jr.: McNeese State commit had a monster weekend, hitting 13 of 22 with five doubles, three homers, nine RBIs and 10 runs.

Mattye Tyler, Brock, Jr.: Shared time on the mound last season, but will be the No. 1 this year. Started the season 5-0 with 27 innings, seven hits allowed, 38 strikeouts, two no-hitters and one perfect game at the Brock Classic.

*Lydia Vidales, FW Paschal, Jr.: 4-6A Co-MVP went 13-2 in the regular season and hit .438 with 42 RBIs.

Grace Wills, Denton Guyer, Sr.: 17-game winner is signed to Henderson State.

*Camryn Woodall, Keller, Sr.: Utah signee was 5-6A MVP and state all-tourney team. Led Indians with .523 BA, 1.431 OPS, 22 extra base hits and was second with 34 RBIs.

Toughest districts

6-5A: Playoff teams Brewer, Boswell, Azle and Saginaw are back together and add 2014 and 2015 state champ Aledo to the mix. Hearing new program Haslet Eaton is a dark horse. Justin Northwest comes from 6A, and Chisholm Trail will compete.

10-5A: This district has been one of the best in the state in football and basketball, and softball last season. With Legacy the favorite, Mansfield Lake Ridge, Waxahachie, Mansfield Summit and Mansfield Timberview will compete for a playoff spot. A playoff team in 2016, Midlothian drops from 6A.

4-6A: Paschal has a good chance at repeating as district champs. Martin gets better with the return of pitcher Lacy Mann, and with the addition of Mansfield, the Tigers have the slight edge. Lamar and North Crowley will fight over the final spot, like last year.

5 homers not enough for Cowgirls at Dilley

5 homers not enough for Cowgirls at Dilley

Shelby Gayre featured in recent publications, Shelby is a 2017 commit to Kansas and plays for the 18U Vision Fastpitch Gold team coached by Martin & Kim Poole.  Shelby had three home runs and five RBI’s on her way to being named D’Hanis High School Female Athlete of the Week.

Dilley — The D’Hanis Cowgirls had five home runs Tuesday, Feb. 21, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Dilley.

part0The Lady Wolves outgunned the Cowgirls, 13-11, to open the 2017 softball season for both teams.

The 3rd Annual Cowgirl Classic begins Thursday, Feb. 23, and lasts through Saturday, Feb. 25 in D’Hanis. The Cowgirls will play their three pool games on Friday, with finals on Saturday. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, they’ll host the Uvalde JV in a 5 p.m. match.

D’Hanis got three home runs from future Kansas Jayhawk Shelby Gayre, totalling five RBI, along with two solo blasts from Haley Steubing.

Dilley, however, plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, then held the Cowgirls scoreless – for the only time on Tuesday – in the top of the seventh.

Lady Zebra softball loaded for run in 2017

Lady Zebra softball loaded for run in 2017

55c52e4a8427e-imageGRANDVIEW — The Lady Zebras went 24-7 last year before losing to Howe in the Class 3A area playoffs. While most teams have to rebuild or at least retool coming off a 24-win season, Grandview is not one of those teams.

The Lady Zebras didn’t have lose any players off last year’s squad as Grandview returns 12 lettermen and nine starters.

Juniors Allie and Brooke Prewitt have the left infield covered at third base and shortstop respectively. The twin sisters have already committed to Arkansas Tech. Allie Prewitt was last year’s all-district and All-Johnson County defensive MVP as she also boasted a .469 batting average. Brooke Prewitt hit .412 with 19 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

Junior center fielder Alexis Galvan was a first-team all-district and second-team all-county selection last year as she hit .393 with 31 RBIs and 38 runs scored. Galvan is verbally committed to Mary Hardin-Baylor.

Sophomore catcher Katie Roberts was the all-district and all-county catcher of the year last season. She hit an impressive .558 last year with four homers, 37 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

Other key returners include senior left fielder Jobie Reeves (.390, 23 RBIs), sophomore pitcher/first baseman Kami Flores (.385, 32 RBIs), sophomore right fielder Emily Little (.400, 19 RBIs) and sophomore pitcher/infielder Kylee Flores.

In addition, the Lady Zebras received a big boost by move-in Brooke Blackwell, who was the All-Johnson County pitcher of the year as a freshman for Joshua in 2015 and has already verbally committed to Texas Tech University.

In addition to the Prewitt sisters, Galvan and Blackwell already having committed to the next level, Grandview Coach Ron Holton said the Flores twins and Roberts have also already been heavily pursued by college programs.

Needless to say, the Lady Zebras are loaded with talent. Turning that talent into wins and a deep playoff run will be the key.

Holton said he scheduled a tough non-district and tournament schedule in order to be prepared for district play and what they hope is a lengthy playoff run.

“Our team strengths include defensive fundamentals and offensive aggressiveness,” Holton said. “The key to our success is coming together as a team and working hard each day.”

Grandview finished second in district play last season behind Brock, but after realignment the Lady Zebras are considered strong favorites to take the District 17-3A title.

Grandview opens the season Thursday against Tomball at the College Station Tournament.

Stay tuned to Vision Fastpitch for more softball news!

Coach Dickson Welcomes New Signees to SFA

Coach Dickson Welcomes New Signees to SFA

SFA Softball adds six to the roster for the 2016-2017 season
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Coach Nicole Dickson brings a lot of fresh faces to the SFA diamond. Her signing class this year has several transfers from Dickson’s previous head coach position at Tyler Junior College, where she led the apaches to an outstanding two conference championships and two NJCCA Division I National Tournament appearances. Coach Dickson and her staff of assistant coaches Audrey Farfan and Keith Stein have worked hard recruiting an all-star line up for the 2017 season.

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Tanna Huie – Outfielder – Sophomore Transfer from Tyler Junior College

Huie also comes with many accolades from her previous years at Tyler Junior College. She was chosen for the All-Conference Region XIV East Frist Team Outfield and All-Region XIV First Team Outfield. Huie was selected as the Region XIV player of the Year in 2016. From NJCCA she was awarded the NJCCA All-American First Team, NLCCA/Marucci Elite Hitter District L, and the National Tournament All-Tournament Team. She was nationally recognized for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American First Team and the National Tournament All-Tournament Team 2016. Last Spring, Huie finished with nine homeruns off of 95 hits, and brought in 63 RBIs.

Coach Dickson: “Huie is a triple threat from the left side. She runs well and can also hit for power. Offensively she will add both depth and power to our lineup. She is a competitive kid who was one of the top offensive players in the nation for D1 NJCAA as a freshman last season hitting .528 avg.”

Good luck this season to Tanna Huie who is a former player of Vision Fastpitch coaches Martin and Kim Poole.

 

 

Mansfield senior’s springtime dingers come from winter training

Mansfield senior’s springtime dingers come from winter training

Rasheda Townsend is already building strength for the spring.The basketball season is just now headed into district, but Mansfield’s softball players are already preparing for a return to the diamond.

What they’re working on now has to do with physics.

Returning third baseman Rasheda Townsend knows one of the simplest tricks to enhance her hitting.

“The stronger you are, the farther the ball goes,” Townsend said.

So, you’ll find Townsend in the weight room, a home-away-from-home during the offseason.

To complement the lifting, Townsend and her teammates find time to work on the other side of that equation.

Hitting is another essential for Townsend. She said she hits a lot.

“I put in a lot of work on my hitting,” she said. “When the season ended last year, I went with my travel team and have been focusing a lot on my hitting, because hitting wins games.”

Townsend explained that with all the extra select league work, most players get the work they need on fielding and defense. It’s not an aspect which is as big of a struggle since they’ve been doing it all summer long, she said.

She played with the local Firecrackers select team, which had a solid season and went to New York to compete.

Fielding is already “solid,” Townsend said, enough that she can turn her focus to hitting.

The regimen for the Lady Tigers is paying off, too.

Before the strength and conditioning program implemented by coach Shane Trotter, Mansfield had typically hit 20-plus home runs during the season.

After Trotter’s plan was implemented before last season, Mansfield players hit more than 20 home runs before district got underway.

“He makes workouts for the team for strengthening the shoulder, too,” Townsend said, noting that fatigued arms were a rarity last year. “It’s definitely had an impact on how our bodies deal with it.”

While Townsend pleaded ignorance as to her batting average last season, she does collect her home run balls and keeps them in a bucket at home.

“I don’t know how many there are, but there are a few that I remember some specifics about them,” Townsend said of her dinger collection.

Townsend has already committed to play at Prairie View A&M next year and is glad that decision is off her shoulders for her senior year.

That campaign won’t officially start until practices begin Jan. 23, with the first scrimmage just a week later. The first game of the season will have Townsend and the Lady Tigers taking on Birdville, a team Mansfield defeated in last year’s playoffs en route to a third-round appearance after finishing as district champions.

Until then the workouts continue, with Townsend saying she doesn’t really take any time off throughout the year.

“When you love the game, you don’t like taking breaks. I enjoy playing softball. As long as you take care of your body, I can do it without breaks,” she said.

Townsend said she’s ready for the practices to roll around and to pick up where the team left off. She said the team is expected to skip some of the elementary steps and jump into team defensive drills.

And they’ll see what impact the weight-lifting can bring. Townsend may have to buy some bigger buckets this season.

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Lexi Burchfield Signs with Omaha Softball

OMAHA, Neb. – Head coach D.J. Sanchez announced Wednesday that Lexi Burchfield, Aubrey Hacke, Halley Jones, Madison Otte, Kayla Peak and Alexa Sedlak have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Omaha softball program in 2017-18.

“We cannot say enough about this recruiting class,” said Sanchez.  “Each of them brings something different to the table.  As tremendous as they are on the field, they are even more outstanding as young women.  We are ecstatic to welcome them to the Maverick family.”

Lexi Burchfield
2B, 5-3, Flower Mound, Texas (Flower Mound)
Burchfield, a 5-3 infielder from Flower Mound, Texas, plays for Coach Mark Lirriba at Flower Mound High School.  Burchfield played club softball for Coaches Martin and Kim Poole of the DFW Firecrackers Gold program.

“Lexi is a talented athlete who is a threat offensively with her speed,” said Sanchez.  “She loves the game, and it shines through every time she takes the field.  Her passion and excitement is something that will make our program better day in and day out.”

Congratulations Lexi!  Vision Fastpitch is excited to see you continue to bring your high level of play on the softball field!

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