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SOFTBALL: Two Bulldogs, one Indian earn 21-5A superlatives

Nederland senior Destini Trahan and freshman Tori Morrison were named pitcher and newcomer of the year in District 21-5A softball.

Mid-County players totaled three superlative honors from the district. Port Neches-Groves junior Cameron Niedenthal was awarded offensive player of the year.

Three Barbers Hill players share the district MVP award: junior Jessica Mullins and sophomores Samantha Landry and Sophia Simpson. The trio helped Barbers Hill reach the 5A Region III championship round against Angleton last week.

Barbers Hill freshman Estela Garza is utility player of the year, and Dayton junior Amanda Carden took home the defensive MVP award. BH coach Aaron Fuller is the coach of the year.

BH dominated the All-District 21-5A first-team list placing seven of the 12 players. PNG junior Kasidee Sartin and Nederland senior Harlee Brown made the first team as outfielders.

The rest of the first team: Cleveland pitcher Isabella Buckley, BH catcher Hanna Webb, BH sophomore designated player Amber Thibodeaux, BH infielders Rebecca Miller, Matee Simon, Sydney Hoyt (all seniors) and junior Hayley Freudenberg and Dayton senior infielder Sydnee Hebert; BH sophomore outfielder Stephanie Niemann and Dayton junior outfielder Paige Lott.

Second-team players: Dayton senior pitcher Ally McKinney, Nederland senior catcher Hannah Grumbles, Vidor junior designated player Bailee Rowe, infielders Haylie Burns (junior) of Dayton, Alyssa Collazo (sophomore) of Nederland, Bayja Newby (senior) of PNG, Bri Bushelle (senior) of Vidor and Krystal Warner (sophomore) of Cleveland; and outfielders Kaylee Hornberger (sophomore) of BH, Sadie Shrestha (sophomore) of PNG, Skyler Head (sophomore) of Vidor and Caitlyn Meshell (sophomore) of Cleveland.

Honorable mention: Memorial sophomore Quiyanna Iles and senior Zenteria Chatman; Nederland senior Lexi Eversole and junior Brittany Taylor; PNG juniors Maylin Louvier and Sydnee Adams; BH sophomore Kaitlyn Dutton and junior Summer Gigout; Dayton freshman Kloee Wells and junior Kenzie Kimbro; Vidor senior Gabby Leglue and junior Kiley Brown; and Cleveland senior Araven Eleby.

 

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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