The honors for Jessica Parish, Lexington’s outstanding softball player, keep rolling in. Parish was selected the Class 2A shortstop by the Texas Sportswriters Association. Parish was also honored by the Rockdale Softball Association by throwing out the first pitch of the Regional Tourney held in Rockdale recently.
Parish’s All-State selection was based on her outstanding senior year for the Lady Eagles. In four years of high school ball Parish batted .480. Included in the 172 hits were 22 home runs, 155 RBI’s, and a slugging percentage of .757. Her on-base percentage for four years at Lexington was .606.
Parish was selected All-Brazos Valley and Newcomer of the Year after her freshman season. Her first homer was a grand slam during that rookie season. Jessica was first team all-district as a sophomore. In her junior season she was voted offensive MVP for district 25-AA. Her senior season she was the District MVP . In both her final season’s Parish was selected Co-MVP for the team by Lexington coaches.
Jessica will be joining the Division III National Champion East Texas Baptist team in August of this year.
Jessica started her playing career in Rockdale’s Texas Teenage League at the age of five. The first year she was coached by Lee Jenkins. She continued until the age of 15 being coached by her father Richard. Her Rockdale teams went to the state tourney nine of the 10 seasons. Twice they won the state tourney. In her spare time she coached and umpired in the league where she got her start.
The Rockdale Softball League awarded her their 2010 League Scholarship as a reward for her contributions to the organization.