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Freyman shuts out Angelo State twice to deliver Tarleton’s first-ever series win over Angelo State, national No. 1 team

STEPHENVILLE – Even the term ‘ace’ was an understatement for what Haley Freyman did as the junior right-hander kept the nation’s No. 1 team off the board for 14 consecutive innings in Friday’s doubleheader sweep of Angelo State and the school’s first-ever series win over the Rambelles and a team ranked No. 1 in the nation.

15616“I’m not really sure which word to use – phenomenal, terrific, excellent, dominant – because Haley was all of those things tonight,” said head coach Mark Cumpian. “Haley has been huge for us since the day she stepped on campus. She’s pitched in a lot of big games in her career and tonight is just two more on that list. Megan Durante had a big night at the plate for us and, overall as a team, I thought we played really good defense and played with great intent. How we need to come out tomorrow with the same focus.”
Prior to Friday, the highest-ranked team that Tarleton has taken a series from was No. 2 West Texas A&M when the TexAnns swept the Lady Buffs in 2012 in Stephenville. It’s also Tarleton’s first-ever series win over Angelo State since the Rambelle program started in 2002.

The TexAnns’ last win against the No. 1 team in the nation was also against Angelo State when Tarleton won the last game of a three-game series 4-3 over the Rambelles on March 26, 2011.
Game 1: Tarleton 2, No. 1 Angelo State 0

Freyman’s big night started in the opener with a seven-single, shutout performance to give Tarleton its sixth win of the season against a nationally-ranked opponent.
The Tarleton right-hander had to do some early dancing as Angelo had a single in the first and a one-out single followed by back-to-back stolen bases in the second to set up a runner on third with one away. Freyman answered in the call with back-to-back strikeouts to escape trouble.
The pitcher’s duel between Freyman and Angelo’s Brandy Marlett stayed scoreless into the bottom of the fifth when Tarleton broke through on a two-out, RBI single into right field by Avery Mullendore to put Tarleton on top. After another shutdown inning by Freyman, Tarleton tacked on an insurance run in the sixth when Megan Durante singled into right field to score Kaitlyn Thomas from second with two away.
Freyman sat down the Rambelles in order in the seventh to cap off her 59th career win at Tarleton. She allowed seven hits, all singles, in seven innings while striking out five.
Durante led the offense with two hits and an RBI while Mullendore and Mikayla Stogsdill each had one hit.
Game 2: Tarleton 4, No. 1 Angelo State 0

Freyman continued to deal with seven more innings of shutout ball to secure the doubleheader sweep and notch the 60th win of her Tarleton career, joining Carla Geeslin (62) as the only two TexAnns to win at least 60 games for the purple and white.
After a two-out double and walk in the first inning, Freyman settled into a nice groove as she escaped the first inning with a flyout and then went on to sit down the next 10 consecutive Rambelle hitters heading into the fifth inning.
Meanwhile, her offense supplied her with two early runs when three errors and an RBI single from Stogsdill plated two runs for a 2-0 lead in the second.
Freyman danced out of danger in the fifth when Angelo State threatened with back-to-back one out singles, but the junior right-hander got a swinging strikeout and a groundball to Mullendore at short to keep the Rambelles off the board once again.
Her offense came to her aid with two more runs of support in the ensuing half-inning when Meghann Wrinkle led off with a triple into right field. Nyka Wood drove her home with an RBI single through the left side. Wood gave way to pinch runner Morgan Ling, who was bunted over by Stech and then driven home on an RBI double by Durante with her team-leading 10-game hitting streak.
Over the last two innings, only a controversial single in the sixth and a two-out double in the seventh was hit off Freyman and the Tarleton pitcher notched win No. 14 of the season and No. 60 in her career.
Stogsdill led the way with a two-hit effort while Wrinkle, Wood, Durante, and Flores each had one for the game.
Tarleton and Angelo State will resume the series for one final game tomorrow at 1 p.m., weather permitting, in Stephenville.

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Mansfield softball senior leadership is a big hit

Morgan RiosMansfield’s Morgan Rios, left, has caught for varsity all four years of high school.

You don’t build a successful high school softball program with hit-and-miss leadership. A good program develops the leadership each and every year so that a culture perpetuates the success.

For Mansfield, there’s no hit-and-miss leadership. In fact, it’s more like hit-and-hit … and hit-and-hit.

Many of the reasons why Mansfield’s head coach Jennifer Haltom is able to put quality teams on the field the last few years are now seniors.

Morgan Rios has been behind the plate for four years now, while fellow seniors Kaitlin Richards (first base), Sarah Reinke (shortstop) and Resheda Townsend (third base) have been starters since their sophomore years.

“All four are tops in most offensive categories and they anchor my infield,” Haltom said.

Indeed, the four seniors take great pride in their ability to hit the ball.

In the last eight games leading up to its Friday game with Arlington Martin, Mansfield had averaged 8.9 runs per game.

Townsend had already registered five homeruns before the Friday game.

“We’re really good as a whole team,” Townsend said of the Lady Tigers’ hitting.

And offense figures into what it will take for the Lady Tigers to get back to the playoffs and at least match their third-round appearance.

“As long as we hit,” Townsend explained as to what the key will be. “If you score more than they do, you win the game.”

The pressure may be on the quartet’s hitting more than on their leadership skills.

All four noted that the responsibilities for leading the team have come easier as their time on the squad increased.

They also attribute the tradition and the skill set of those who came before them as reasons why the Mansfield program has remained strong.

“There have been great leaders before us,” Reinke said.

“I think coming in as a freshman and even my sophomore year, there were a lot of seniors who have set an amazing example and they want you to be up there, too,” Richards said. “They taught to work hard and never give up.”

Rios had an inspiring take on her fourth season at Mansfield.

“The way all four of us seniors have stepped up and taken on this leadership role has been something magical,” Rios said. “I think it’s something that makes our team special. We’ve been able to create this chemistry and environment where every player is selfless.”

There has also been an evolving of the leadership over the course of the four years.

“I’ve seen the way this team has evolved,” Rios said. “Over time we’ve bonded stronger, correlating with how over the years all of the seniors progressed into being better and better leaders. It’s not something you see in every team, every senior sharing the same goal and passion for the game that they help carry down for the younger girls. Takes us to a whole new level.”

Even though the four seniors have ample experience, they admit they aren’t resistant to learning each week.

They pointed to a 10-run loss to Paschal when they felt their energy was low and, by their standards, the bats were silent even though they plated five runs.

The next outing, the Lady Tigers belted Legacy, 17-10.

“We’re a good, solid team but we just always have to show up,” Reinke said. “We need a lot of energy. When we’re loose, we do better.”

The pressure from Haltom is for them to just live up to their potential.

“She expects a lot out of us,” Reinke said. “She knows what we’re capable of.”

But where this team goes this season remains to be seen as the district schedule unfolds.

“I’m excited to see how far we will go,” Rios said, hoping to add her third district title. “We’ve been through a lot as a team already due to injuries and other issues, but I think it’s going to help us in the long run. It’s really shaped us and given us this motivation. I really believe in this team. As long as we play lights-out defense and keep hitting the ball like we know how, we should easily surpass our third-round run.”

All four will be playing next year at the next level.

Reinke will play at Arkansas Tech, Rios is going to Louisiana Monroe, Townsend to Prairie View A&M and Richards will be at McLennan Junior College.

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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.

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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
1Sept. 7, 2016

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.


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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