2009-06-04 / Sports

Post Season Honors

by Mike Organ

The Lady Eagles softball team continues to get honors after the conclusion of the season. Jessica Parish was chosen as co-offensive MVP of the district and Rachel Knipstein was picked as the defensive MVP. Senior Ally Abshire and sophomore Heather Mills were elected to the first team by district coaches. Sophomore Haley Jatzlau, Juniors Shelby Tackett and Ashton Johnston were selected to the second team. Senior Sara Knipstein and Megan Scantlin also received votes.

Parish was the most feared hitter in the district. Parish popped four homers in district action, two in the first inning against Lago Vista. Parish reached base 55% of the time. She received nine walks, four doubles, and 18 singles in her 40 district at-bats. Most teams tried to pitch around her as Lexington's lead off hitter. After Parish's third at-bat against Lago Vista, a hard single up the middle, the LV coach screamed at her girls. "You better do what I tell you the next time". The fourth turn at bat resulted in four pitches rolling near home plate. Parish also stole a team high 8 bases including a swipe of home.

Rachel Knipstein won more games that any pitcher in district action. She won 12 games and lost only one (to Rogers the first time). Rachel struck out 97 batters in 13 district games. Opponents scored 19 runs in District 25-AA action. Only 10 were earned runs. District opponents batted .151 against Rachel. Six teams were shut out by Knipstein's pitching. She fired 709 strikes and 388 balls in the 13 games.

First team selections Abshire and Mills were team leaders in offensive production. Abshire batted .349 for district action with six doubles, a triple, and seven stolen bases. Abshire worked opposing pitchers for eight walks to net a .462 on-base percentage. Ally also held down the all important shortstop position defensively for Lexington. Mills had the fourth best batting average on the team with a .345 average. Mills' on-base percentage of .513 was second only to Parish. Mills batted .300 with runners in scoring position.

Second team selections Jatzlau, Tackett, and Johnston all were worthy selections. Jatzlau batted .235 for the season. She played the demanding second base position for the Lady Eagles. Haley led the team with 23 RBI's in district action. Tackett stood just 45 feet away from hitters while playing third base. Tackett batted .289 for the season. Johnston had an unusual year trying to learn to slap hit for the first two strikes and then switching back to her natural stance for the third strike. Ashton batted .256 for the season while manning the centerfield position for the Lady Eagles.

Sara Knipstein played first base for the Lady Eagles. Sara batted .314 for district action. Sara had nine RBI's with 10 singles and a double. Scantlin played left field, starting as the only freshman starter on the field. Scantlin led the team with 10 walks drawn and batting .235.

Coach Ryan Starnes is extremely proud of his first Eagle team. The girls played great ball and improved as the seaon progressed. With seniors Abshire and the Knipstein twins departing the Lady Eagles have some big holes to fill for next season. Some of the young ladies will be playing on select teams all summer long, honing their skills for next softball season.

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