McKenzie tops list of Lady Tiger softball honorees
GLEN ROSE — The Glen Rose Lady Tiger softball team had its best season in school history in 2021, and 11 players were honored with District 6-4A plaudits when the teams were released last week.
Senior Taylor McKenzie was named the MVP, while junior Kaycee Bock was named offensive player of year, and junior Brooklynn Vara was named co-utility player of the year.
Addison Nance was named to the first team, as was Felicity Austin and Mallory Goff.
McKenzie, who will play collegiately at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, led the Lady Tigers in the circle, and she also hit lead-off.
“Taylor was a very integral part of our team and has been over the last four years,” said Glen Rose softball coach Kiel Miller, who was named the coach of the year. “She does a very good job of getting on base and that is why she’s been our lead-off hitter. On the mound, she’s been a rock for four years. She’s brought experience and is very competitive.”
McKenzie went 14-4 with a 2.03 ERA while striking out 191 and walking 43. She also hit .392 with nine doubles, a team-high four triples and 21 RBIs.
Bock, who played shortstop, led the team in hitting (.522), RBIs (38) and doubles (23). She also had two triple and two homers, and she struck out just eight times all year.
“Kaycee plays softball pretty much year-round,” Miller said. “She’s very hard on herself and puts a lot of time in at the batting cages. This work ethic has caused her to produce big numbers for us.”
Vara played second base and hit .250 with five RBIs.
“Brooklynn is an all-around great athlete,” Miller said. “She reads the ball off the bat very well and is able to get a quick jump on the ball. She can play most positions on the field if we need her to.”
Nance, who pitched and played third, went 9-3 in the circle with 65 strikeouts while posting a 3.91 ERA. She also hit .354 with six doubles, two triples, a team-high three homers and 31 RBIs.
Catcher Austin hit .408 with eight doubles, a homer and 22 RBIs, and centerfielder Goff hit .400 with four doubles, a triple, a homer and 19 RBIs.
Emily Boucher, Callyn Miller and Hannah Carr were named to the second team, and Allie Austin and Catalina Sanchez were honorable mention.
In addition, Vara, Nance, Madeline Kirkley, Boucher, Goff, Miller McKenzie, Sanchez and Bock were named academic all-district.
Kaitlyn Howard was named second-team academic all-state and McKenzie was honorable mention academic all-state.