GRANDVIEW — The Grandview Lady Zebras are recognized with 10 selections, including four superlative honors, on the all-district team for 17-3A softball.
Grandview’s four seniors — who were each four-year starters — received superlative honors to lead the all-district team.
Grandview’s Katie Roberts was voted co-offensive MVP, Emily Little was named co-defensive MVP, Kami Flores was the co-pitcher of the year, and Kylee Flores received utility player of the year honors.
Roberts’ offensive player of the year honor was a no-brainer after the four-year starting catcher hit .639 with 12 RBIs, 13 extra-base hits and three homers in 12 games with a 1.194 slugging percentage.
“Katie is a special athlete on the softball field,” Grandview Coach Ron Holton said. “I have had some powerful hitters or some high batting average kids, but not both for four straight years. She hit a total of 22 home runs and batted over .550 in her four years as a Lady Zebra. The legacy that she has left behind here at Grandview will be remembered for a while. She definitely left her mark. She is the type of kid that just can’t be replaced.”
Little garnered defensive player of the year honors after making numerous spectacular plays in the outfield to go along with a flawless 1.000 fielding percentage. Little also hit .400 with 16 RBIs and 16 runs scored in 11 district games.
“Emily could honestly play anywhere on the field and do a fantastic job,” Holton said. “We tend to pitch a lot of outside pitches and that is why we kept Emily in right field this year. She saw way more balls than any other outfield spot for the season. The plays that she made continuously in her career, she could have received this award every year. But this year she stood out on multiple big-time plays in right field and that is why is was a no-brainer to elect her for this award and the coaches in the district felt the same. She is another one that will be hard to replace in the outfield.”
One could make the case Kami Flores could’ve been up for league MVP after the numbers she put up. In 12 district games, she hit .568 with a .919 slugging percentage with 18 RBIs, 11 runs and nine extra-base hits. In the circle, she pitched 33.1 innings and allowed 21 hits and seven earned runs with 33 strikeouts for a 1.47 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP ratio as she went 4-1.
“Kami put up some big-time numbers this year in district and she definitely was remembered by the opposing coaches this year,” Holton said. “Kami has been offensive MVP and utility MVP before, but she had a stellar year on the mound this year. What her and her sister have done in Grandview over four years is simply amazing. These are the pro-type kids that you want each and every year in the softball program. They will be missed dearly on and off the field.”
Kylee Flores filled key roles at pitcher and first base to earn utility player of the year honors. She boasted a 1.01 ERA with a 0.94 WHIP ratio as she struck out 23 and allowed only four earned runs in 27.2 innings pitched.
“Kylee was a major role player this year as a pitcher, first baseman and DH,” Holton said. “That in itself is why Kylee won the utility player of the year. Any time you have a kid that can do multiple things for your program, it is always a positive. So young kids out there, don’t focus on just one position because high school and college coaches love to have an athlete that can play multiple positions instead of just one.”
Garnering first-team all-district honors for the Lady Zebras are a pair of juniors in third baseman Camden Harroff and center fielder Raeleigh Mullins.
Harroff hit .571 with a .605 on-base percentage to go along with 18 RBIs and 11 runs while Mullins hit .412 with six RBIs and nine runs scored and was perfect defensively with a 1.000 fielding percentage.
The Lady Zebras also received four selections on the all-district second team in junior Mady Meadows, sophomores London Cooper and Macey Barton, and freshman Morgan Holliday. Brittain Blackwell received honorable mention for Grandview.
Despite Rio Vista missing out on back-to-back playoff berths, the Lady Eagles are represented with an all-district superlative selection in senior Tayler Edwards, who shared pitcher of the year honors with Kami Flores.
“As far as what makes her a good pitcher, nothing bothers her,” Rio Vista Coach Keith Johnson said. “She stays level-headed all the time. There was no obstacle too big for her. She was even-keel all the time and attacks everything the same way. As far as what Tayler’s meant to us the last four years, she’s always been team-first and does whatever it takes. She’s been a joy to coach. She doesn’t make the game too big. She has fun and stays within herself and our girls feed off of that.”
Edwards pitched 68 of 71 possible innings in 12 district games; she struck out 96 with 23 earned runs and 41 walks allowed for a 2.36 ERA with a 1.3 WHIP ratio. Edwards also led the team offensively with a .364 batting average with 10 RBIs and two homers in 12 district games.
Receiving first-team all-district honors for the Lady Eagles are senior Sarah Cox and sophomore Haila Linton. Marti Matthews was a second-team selection for the Lady Eagles. Honorable mention for Rio Vista are Riley Heath, Autumn Erin, Mackenzie James and Morgan Wells.
Keene’s Miranda Thompson received a superlative honor as the district’s top sophomore while Kat Nathan and Keilah Murillo garnered second-team honors for the Lady Chargers.
Whitney junior Kenzie Seely was voted the district’s overall MVP.
Grandview, West and Whitney finished as tri-district champions with identical 10-2 records.