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2016 All-Big Country softball team
"The Brownwood Lady Lions earned their first state tournament trip in two decades, and the Colorado City Lady Wolves snapped the area's 11-game state tournament losing streak with a huge semifinal upset of top-ranked Brock.
It's fair to say the 2016 season was another successful one for Big Country softball teams.
The Lady Lions, who defeated Wylie and Snyder on their way to Austin, ultimately fell 7-1 to eventual Class 4A champion La Grange in the semifinals, while C-City, which edged Clyde for Region I-3A's state berth, fell 11-0 to West in the 3A state title game. But neither loss did anything to dim the accomplishments of those two teams or the many others in the Big Country to experience postseason success.
Today we honor the players who made those runs and this memorable season possible with our annual All-Big Country softball team. Area coaches submitted nominations, and the Reporter-News sports staff voted to produce a 30-player roster.
We hope you enjoy reading through the selections.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Elizabeth Kimbell's description of Hailey Morris' play this year pretty much says it all.
"She held down defensively pretty solid," Kimbell said. "I know she's had a couple mistakes but she got through it. At the plate, she focused all year and did what she needed to do to move runners around. As far as offensive and defensive, she's pretty much the complete player."
As a junior for Snyder this season, Morris provided production wherever needed. For this, she's been named the All-Big Country Player of the Year.
Morris' numbers were simply amazing. She finished the year with a .616 average and on-base percentage of .660.
She produced 77 hits, including 30 doubles, five triples and 11 home runs, while driving in 56 runs.
Her talents went beyond the batter's box, however. Morris showed some baserunning prowess as well, stealing 25 bases.
Morris also was a steadying presence defensively in the infield, finishing with a .931 rate fielding percentage.
Kimbell said Morris let her play do the talking.
It spoke loudly.
"It was all action," she said. "Setting the tempo."
Snyder finished the year at 29-13, losing to Brownwood in two games in a best-of-three Regional I-4A championship series.
Looking at next year's outlook, the Lady Tigers shouldn't fret too much. Morris will be a senior, and if she can build on her 2016 numbers, it could be scary for the opposition.
Even more intimidating, Kimbell expects Morris to showcase her skills even more in 2017.
"She'll probably be moving into the circle a little bit," she said. "We lost both our senior pitchers. She'll take on a big role in the circle. If not there, back at shortstop — or whenever the other pitchers are pitching — and doing what she can as a leader, getting ready to hit."
Clyde's Bekah Chance was a part of our All-Big Country starting rotation a year ago. Not bad after a season that saw her strike out 113 batters in 144 innings with a 1.36 ERA.
The senior took it up another level this year, elevating her status to staff ace for this year's All-Big Country squad.
"She's so well deserving," said Clyde coach Erica Jones, who will be taking over the softball program at Anson next year. "She was an honor to coach. She's a kid that would come early and stay late to get better. She was coachable and had the best attitude in the world. She's a team player. There's not enough good things that I could say about her. She's amazing."
What's amazing are the 315 strikeouts Chance tallied with a 1.81 ERA in 166 innings.
Jones coached Chance all four years of her Clyde career. She said the standout right-hander put in the work to elevate her game.
"She became a student of the game," Jones said. "She learned how to manipulate batters. She learned how to find the holes in their swings. She wasn't just a dominant strikeout pitcher. She was a pitcher that was going to make the batter do what she wanted them to do to get the results that she wanted. She was always composed. You never had to worry about her throwing a fit. She was always a good role model and example for the other players."
One of the biggest impacts Chance made this year was helping out with freshman Channing Siewert's transition into a starting catcher role.
This was just one example of the many ways Chance provided leadership, including leading team-building activities.
"She had the same catcher for three years who graduated," Jones said. "It was a great year to watch her even help me find a catcher. The relationship between a catcher and a pitcher is imperative to the mindset and the success of that pitcher. We would stay late and she would work with that catcher, and we would make it to where they had a good chemistry and relationship to where she would know how to frame the pitches correctly and get the results she wanted."
The college game is the next step for Chance, who has committed to play ball at Howard Payne. Jones has no doubt Chance will excel at the next level, both in the circle and at the plate.
Chance finished the year with a .439 batting average, a .640 on-base percentage, a .682 slugging percentage and 23 RBIs.
"I think she's going to do great," Jones said. "She's a team player. She's going to go in and do the role that she needs to do make the team successful. What I will say about Bekah is she actually had our top stats offensively as well this year. So she wasn't just a defensive player. She brought a lot to the plate offensively as well."
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Freshman pitcher Chyanne Ellett made her presence felt as a key member of a Lady Lions squad that advanced to the state tournament for the first time in 20 years.
The right-handed ace finished the year with a 21-7 record and a 1.71 ERA, striking out 255 in 179.2 innings. Ellett allowed just 44 earned runs and 124 hits in being named the District 6-4A MVP.
This is only the beginning for Ellett, who will surely be attracting college interest in the years to come.
Falling 7-1 to eventual state champion La Grange in the state semifinals, the Lady Lions should be encouraged about their prospects. Ellett is one of the bigger reasons for this.
Lady Lions coach Jessica Lynn said she's excited to see the future play out.
"You can just see all the work she has put in with the command she has at such a young age," Lynn said of Ellett during Brownwood's state tournament run. "By the time she's a senior, who knows how good she's going to be?"
COACH OF THE YEAR
It often takes years for a coach to guide a team to a state tournament. Many never get that opportunity.
Liz White got to Austin in her first year leading the Colorado City Lady Wolves. And she finishes that dream season by being named the All-Big Country Coach of the Year.
"It was the experience of a lifetime," White said. "This team had made it to the regional finals the year before, and Colorado City as a program has made it to the regional finals one time before that. So to get there a third time, they were ready to break some barriers and make some history. That's what we had talked about, and they went out and did it.
"It was great for our program and great for the community. The community came out in droves and supported us like nothing I've seen before. It was pretty special for not only the girls but the community as well."
The Lady Wolves, who made their first state tournament appearance earlier this month, pulled off quite the shocker with a 5-2 win over top-ranked Brock in the Class 3A semifinals at McCombs Field.
They fell one win short of a title, though, falling to West 11-0 in the championship game. Colorado City's playoff run included series wins over Grape Creek, Breckenridge, Early, Shallowater and Clyde.
White, who was a Lady Wolves assistant the previous two seasons, said her support system was a crucial element to the season's success.
"Coming from the same program as the head coach from last year was huge, but another factor in the transition was the support I received," she said. "I had a lot of support from my athletic director, my husband (also her assistant coach) and family. I think that played a big role in making my transition from last year to this year. No matter the decisions I made, they supported me. Also, the girls I had this year were so special.
Deeply appreciative of the honor, White also gave a special shout out to the area's coaches.
"I had a lot of respect coming into this season for them," she said. "I think going through it myself and playing some of the great teams like Clyde, Coahoma, Early, Breckenridge, my respect has grown for these coaches. Not only do they have great programs but they're willing to share their wisdom, which I think says a lot."
Bekah Chance*, Sr., Clyde — Chance was nothing short of dominant in the circle, collecting 315 strikeouts in 166 innings and finishing the season with a 1.81 ERA. Chance also provided production at the plate, with a .439 average and .640 on-base percentage and slugging percentage of .682. She added 23 RBIs.
Chyanne Ellett*, Fr., Brownwood — You should expect to see Ellett in these pages for years to come. In her first year of high school competition, the freshman compiled a 21-7 record with a 1.71 ERA, while striking out 255 in 179.2 innings for a Class 4A state qualifying Lady Lions squad. Ellett was named District 6-4A MVP.
Tamren Pierce, So., Colorado City — Another rising area star, Pierce was a huge presence in the Lady Wolves' run to the Class 3A state title game. She finished with a 29-7 record and a 2.31 ERA, allowing 172 hits and striking out 129 in 145 innings. Pierce also was named District 5-3A Newcomer of the Year.
Makayla De Leon, So., Early — DeLeon finished with an 18-10 record and a 2.10 ERA. She struck out 225 batters in 161 innings and allowed 88 hits. The right-hander tossed three no hitters and finished the year with a .368 batting average and seven home runs.
Erin Anderson, Jr., Bangs — Anderson finished the year at 24-4 with a 2.12 ERA and 182 strikeouts. She also was productive offensively, posting a .518 batting average, a .608 on-base percentage and 30 RBIs.
Chloee James, Sr., Snyder — The senior went 22-8 overall and 10-0 in district play. James finished the year with 135 strikeouts and a 3.88 ERA.
Kamwren Jackson, Jr., Wylie — Jackson played a big part in Wylie's playoff run to the Region I-4A quarterfinals, finishing the year with a 2.36 ERA. She collected 71 strikeouts and allowed 74 hits and 30 earned runs in 88.2 innings. At the plate, Jackson batted .355 with a .437 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage, finishing with 11 doubles and 16 RBIs. She was named District 6-4A's utility player of the year.
Julia Flores, So., Breckenridge — Flores struck out 238 in 196.2 innings, finishing the season with a 25-11 record and 2.00 ERA. She posted a batting average of .380 with 12 doubles and 31 RBIs.
Vanessa Longoria, Sr., Gorman — Longoria struck out 109 batters in 84 innings, finishing the year with a 3.00 ERA and 12-4 record.
Cenna Lane, Sr., Ira — Lane allowed just 27 earned runs in 91 innings and struck out 97. She finished with an 11-5 record and 2.97 ERA. Lane, a four-year starter with a 38-16 career record, also delivered 57 hits in 92 at-bats with 26 extra-base hits. This included five home runs and 73 RBIs.
Madie Gutierrez, Sr., Colorado City — Gutierrez had 38 hits in 78 at-bats with 14 doubles, two home runs and 31 RBIs. She caught seven runners stealing and was named the defensive MVP for District 5-3A.
Cassidy Meyer, Sr., Hawley — Meyer had 39 hits, including nine doubles, two triples and four home runs. She also added 33 RBIs. The senior had an average of .506, an on-base percentage of .562 and slugging percentage at .831. Meyer was named her district's MVP.
Jasmine Montoya, Jr., Snyder — The junior finished with a batting average of .423 and an on-base percentage of .496. She collected 47 hits, including 11 doubles, two triples and two home runs, while tallying 33 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.
Hailey Morris*, Jr., Snyder — Morris had 77 hits, finishing with a batting average of .616 and an on-base percentage of .660. She collected 30 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, while finishing with a .931 fielding percentage.
Kristen Fuentes, Sr., Brownwood — Fuentes was named first-team all-district after posting a .440 batting average with 40 hits. She had 10 doubles, five home runs and 29 RBIs.
Makaylah Rivera, Jr., Colorado City — Rivera was named District 5-3A Offensive MVP after collecting 16 singles, 13 doubles, three triples, five home runs and 28 RBIs. She batted at a .489 average. In 85 fielding chances Rivera had 31 assists, 51 putouts and three double plays.
Brittany Munoz, Sr., Colorado City — Munoz had 35 singles, 10 doubles and 34 RBIs while batting .505. In 77 fielding chances, Munoz collected 37 assists, 39 putouts and four double plays. She also was named District 5-3A MVP.
Claudia Gutierrez, Jr., Snyder — Gutierrez batted .464 with an on-base percentage of 507. She had 58 hits, including nine doubles, eight triples and seven home runs, while tallying 44 RBIs. The junior also had .939 fielding percentage.
Rachel Dugan, Jr., Clyde — Dugan had a batting average of .447, an on-base percentage of .518 and a .541 slugging percentage. She tallied 27 RBIs and eight stolen bases. Defensively, she collected 43 putouts and 42 assists.
Raquel Pachicano, Sr., Stamford — Pachicano just finished off her fourth first-team all-district performance, finishing her final high school season with 37 hits. She had seven doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 42 RBIs. Her nine homers were a new single-season record for the Stamford program.
Mikayla Krause, Sr., De Leon — Krause had 41 hits on the year with four doubles, eight triples, four home runs and 30 RBIs. She batted at an average of .456. In 122 chances at third base, she collected 45 putouts and 63 assists, finishing with an .885 fielding percentage. Krause will play college ball at Odessa College.
Baylie Lindsey, Colorado City — Lindsey had 46 hits, 20 RBIs and 23 stolen bases en route to being named first team all-District 5-3A. Defensively, she finished with 27 putouts in 30 chances.
Bailey Garcia, Sr., Snyder — Garcia had a .351 batting average and a .407 on-base percentage while collecting 57 hits. She finished with nine doubles, a triple and three home runs. The senior also had 13 stolen bases, 19 RBIs and had a fielding percentage of .929.
Megan Leatherwood, Sr., Snyder — Leatherwood batted at an average of .413 and had an on-base percentage of .456. She tallied 22 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 29 RBIs to go along with 13 stolen bases. Defensively, Leatherwood posted a .938 fielding percentage.
Tayln Jobe, Sr., De Leon — Jobe had 50 hits, including five doubles, eight triples and two home runs. She added 43 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. The senior had a .476 batting average. In 47 fielding chances, she tallied 34 putouts and had nine assists, finishing with a .915 fielding average.
Yulissa Madera, Sr., Gorman — Madera posted a .431 average with 13 doubles, five home runs, 22 RBIs and 28 steals. She also fielded at a .933 percentage in being named the District 9-2A Defensive MVP.
Courtney Dillard, Sr., Hawley — Dillard had 31 hits, including nine doubles and four triples, to go along with 29 RBIs. She finished with a .425 batting average, a .494 on-base percentage and a .699 slugging percentage. Dillard will play softball at Sul Ross State.
Logan Terrazas, Fr., Big Spring — In her first high school season, Terrazas had 31 hits, 22 RBIs and batted .413. She finished with nine doubles and four triples.
Mahalia Majors, Sr., Gorman — Majors batted .640 with 14 doubles, 32 RBIs and 23 steals. She also had a .897 fielding percentage. Majors will play ball at Vernon College.
Hailey Russell, Jr., Wylie — Russell finished with a batting average of .376, an on-base percentage of .384 and a .576 slugging percentage. She added seven doubles, five triples and 20 RBIs.
Pitchers — Tonya Thompson, Cisco; McKinsey Morris, Jr. De Leon; Rachel Brown, Sr., Goldthwaite; Hannah Foster, Sr., Haskell; Laura Fuentes, Jr., Haskell; Marrissa Hall, So., Hawley; Karsen Sutterfield, Jr., Merkel; Jasalynn Applin, Sr., Stamford.
Catchers — Kayla Otis, Jr., Abilene High; Taylor Malett, So., Bangs; Mia Oliva, Sr., Big Spring; Lillie Harper, Cisco; Rylie Padgett, Jr., Goldthwaite.
Infielders — Tori Bryant, Sr., Abilene High; Gabby Ortega, Sr., Abilene High; Cierra Martinez, So., Big Spring; Ayanna Clemons, Fr., Brownwood; Ashley Gomez, Sr., Brownwood; Molly Casey, Sr., De Leon; Hanna Stovall, Sr., De Leon; Parker Smith, Jr., Early; Laura Guerrero, Jr., Eula; Sydney Wright, Sr., Eula; Cenna Lane, Sr., Ira; Brookelyn Casper, So., Merkel; Shadye Millican, Sr., Snyder; Nadine Arredondol; Jr., Stephenville; Sami Shaffer, Jr., Stephenville; Kali Smith, Sr., Stephenville.
Outfielders — Ashley Gonzalez, So., Big Spring; Krysta Winegeart, Jr., Haskell; Karlee Hunt, So., Merkel; Abby Garcia, Sr., Sweetwater.
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