With the Cleburne Lady Jackets winning the District 6-4A championship for a second straight year, it was no surprise to see six players from the squad named first-team all-district.

Senior Janaye Richardson and sophomore Katie Cowan picked up special awards, while seniors Samantha Oleksak and Amberly Waits joined with sophomores Jenna Richardson and Skye Stamey on the first team.

Janaye Richardson, who finished the year with a .400 batting average, was selected the District 6-4A Offensive Player of the Year. She finished the season with 48 hits, including six doubles, five triples and 27 RBIs. Richardson also scored 24 runs, while drawing 10 walks.

Cowan was named the Pitcher of the Year in the district. She won eight of her nine starts in league play, while picking up a save against Mineral Wells. For the season, she was 24-9 overall, striking out 242 batters and walking only 10. She had an ERA of 0.77, while also being an effective offensive threat, batting .402 with 27 RBIs.

Oleksak and Waits were both all-district infielders, playing second and third base for the Lady Jackets, respectively.

Oleksak batted .322 on the season, driving in 20 runs, while being nearly perfect in the field, committing just two errors all year, a lofty fielding percentage of .986, the best on the team.

Waits led the Lady Jackets in homers with fuor and drove in 24 RBIs. She finished the season with 16 extra base hits, collecting a team-high batting average of .424. Waits also had a team-high 18 stolen bases and 83 total bases.

Jenna Richardson was one of the top outfielders in the district in drawing walks, as she finished the season with 19. She successfully stole four bases without getting caught and had a fielding percentage of .965.

Stamey anchored the Cleburne outfield in center, as well as batting leadoff for the Lady Jackets. She batted almost .300 on the season with 36 hits and 11 RBIs. She was also 14-for-14 on stolen bases and had a fielding percentage of .929 on the season.

Cleburne had four players named second-team all-district, including sophomore first baseman Brittany Braswell, junior catcher Bailey Thigpen, freshman outfielder Kiley Beard and junior outfielder Farron Elizondo.

The Joshua Lady Owls finished third in the district standings and nearly advanced to the regional quarterfinals, thanks to the play three freshmen, a sophomore and a junior.

Pitcher Heather Dennie picked up the Newcomer of the Year award from the district’s coaches, while sophomore centerfielder Ashley Clifton was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Clifton anchored a Lady Owl outfield which featured a pair of speedy freshmen in Jordan Palmer and Candice Gauntt.

Joshua junior catcher Sabrina Davison was also named first-team all-district.

Senior second baseman Monica Man, freshman third baseman Sayre Raley and freshman shortstop Bailey Sanders were named second-team all-district.

Rounding out the special award winners was Aledo sophomore pitcher Whitney Canion and her coach, Kevin Cook.

Canion was chosen as the District 6-4A Most Valuable Player as she helped Aledo to a share of the league crown and a 31-3 record. Cook was selected as the Coach of the Year.

Aledo had three other players garner first-team recognition. Junior outfielder A.J. Watlington, joined with senior catcher Hannah Harris and sophomore shortstop Lyndi Samuelson to make the squad.

Despite missing the playoffs, Brewer had four first-team all-district picks, including senior pitcher Chanell Fisher, senior first baseman Courtney Johnson, sophomore shortstop Courtney Orebaugh and junior centerfielder Amy Gabbert.

Mineral Wells was represented on the first team by junior pitcher Dolores Retana and senior shortstop Becca McDaniel, while Stephenville had two all-district first teamers in sophomore first baseman Allison Snow and sophomore outfielder Nikki Mays.

Daniel Green can be reached at 817-645-2441, ext. 2334, or sports@trcle.com

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