GLEN ROSE – With Brock bowing out of the playoffs in the UIL 3A State semifinals, the 11-3A accolades have finally been announced. Seven Lady Tigers were recognized for their play between the chalk this season.
Page Green – 11-3A Catcher of the Year
Coming off of junior campaign in which she was named the 11-3A MVP and the first Lady Tiger in school history selected to the TGCA 3A All-State team, Page Green can now add an 11-3A Catcher of the Year bullet point to her resume.
A mid-season knee injury limited Green to 11 district games, but once healthy she more than capitalized on her opportunities.
The four-year letterman collected 13 hits – just two off of Gibson’s team-high 15 hits – with 10 runs scored.
Green saw her season-high 15-game hitting streak snapped March 11 against Keene in a game in which she still reached base three times. The senior collected a hit in 23 of the 25 games she appeared in this season.
The .406 BA posted by the backstop easily led all Lady Tigers with 10 or more 11-3A at-bats and she also collected three walks to complete her .406/.486/.406 slash*. (BA/OBP/SLG)
Behind the plate, Green was an equalizer.
The Vernon College commit gunned downed 10-of-25 would-be base stealers (40%) and picked another four runners off the base paths. She did not allow a passed ball in her 54.1 innings behind the plate during district play.
Destenie Lewis – 11-3A 1st team infielder
As far as her standards and batting averages are concerned, Destenie Lewis, for lack of a better word, struggled at the plate during district play. That is, of course, if you ignore the fact that during her 45 plate appearances Lewis recorded as many strikeouts as the U.S. of A has losses during its two World Wars – zero.
En route to a .278/.395/.475 slash, Lewis collected eight RBIs on her team-high five extra base hits – two triples and three doubles.
The leather flashing shortstop also committed a minuscule five errors in her 56 attempts (.911 FLD%) at shortstop with the occasional appearance at third base. She also accounted for a heaping handful of highlight reel plays.
Madi Gibson – 11-3A 1st team outfielder
Madi Gibson committed just one error in her 12 outfield attempts (.917 FLD%) with one assist. But while her glove was solid in left field for the Lady Tigers, it was Gibson’s bat that undoubtedly earned her the first team nod.
The senior led the team with a .489 OBP, .553 SLG and 1.042 OPS on 15 hits (.395 BA) and 14 RBIs during District 11-3A play. She also tied several other Lady Tigers atop the team’s leaderboard in doubles (3 – Lewis, Watson), home runs (1 – Tatum Stegint) and runs (12 – Watson).
Gibson finished second to Green with six stolen bases during district play.
Sabrina Watson – 11-3A 1st team utility player
Sabrina Watson – like Lewis – collected 10 hits during her senior campaign in a stacked District 11-3A and, thanks to her patience at the plate that led to eight walks, posted a .420 OBP (3rd) and .805 OPS (4th).
She was also a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base opportunities.
As part of her utility player designation, Watson gunned down two of the four girls who attempted to swipe a free base (50%) during her 15 innings behind the plate.
The senior also appeared in 11 district games inside the circle for the Lady Tigers. During those 28.2 IP, Watson struck out 12 batters, while she allowed 24 runs on 41 hits (5.86 ERA).
Chloe Deason – 11-3A 2nd team infielder
As a freshman this season, Deason stepped into the first base void with a surprising bit of confidence.
In her first season with the Lady Tigers, Deason committed just four errors in 77 chances (.948 FLD%) opposite the hot corner during district play. The freshman also initiated three double plays – second only to the four turned by Lewis.
At the plate, Deason scored four runs, drove in three more and collected four hits – with one being a triple.
Aubrey Starnes – 11-3A honorable mention
Senior Aubrey Starnes appeared in 12 district games for the Lady Tigers in 2016 and posted a .313 OBP over 35 at-bats during that span.
Starnes – who was recruited off of the track team her freshman year by Glen Rose Head Coach Kiel Miller and turned into a two-year starter in the outfield – scored four runs, collected six hits, boasted a .813 FLD% and stole four bases during district action this season.
Sydney Lozier – 11-3A honorable mention
Sophomore Sydney Lozier combined with Kensy Massey to form the second-base tandem used by Miller this season.
Lozier appeared in all 14-district games. Over that span, she patiently drew seven walks – one off the team lead – and drove in three runs while she scored seven. She also collected two doubles and six singles.
*BA=batting average and is calculated by hits divided by at-bats. OBP=slugging percentage and is calculated by number of time on base (hit, walk, HBP, etc.) divided by at-bats. SLG=slugging percentage and is calculated by number of bases collected on batted balls (single=1, double=2, etc.)
Travis M. Smith, @travis5mith