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Edwards named to Texas Sports Writers Association All-State First Team, Drake to Third Team, seven TSWA Honorable Mentions

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The 2017 Texas Sports Writer’s Association All-State Softball team ballot came out on Saturday night for all of the Texas UIL Classifications.
Bethany Edwards was named to the TSWA Class 6A All-State First Team as catcher.

The District 8-6A Offensive Player of the Year, Edwards hit .539 (62-of-115) with seven home runs, 45 runs batted in, a school-record 62 hits, scored 42 runs, hit 16 doubles, had a on-base percentage of .569 and hit .491 (27-of-55) with runners in scoring position. Edwards made just two errors in 208 chances (.990 fielding percentage), caught 10-of-14 runners stealing and combined with Caleigh Robinson picked off seven runners off of first base.

Outfielder Avery Drake followed up her TSWA First Team All-State honor at second base from a year ago with a Third Team All-State honor in a competitive outfield category. Earning 2017 District 8-6A’s First Team Outfield honors, she hit .482 (54-of-112) with one home run, 23 runs batted in, 45 runs scored, 19 walks, a school-record 47 stolen bases, .567 on-base percentage and hit .553 with runners in scoring position (21-of-38). Drake was perfect in the field in 24 opportunities.

Other Belton Lady Tigers named to the All-State Team under Honorable Mention were pitchers Madison Cotton and Taylor Tubbs, first baseman Caleigh Robinson, second base Mackenzie Bartlett, third base Madison Bartlett, outfielder Madison Ward and utility player Miranda Davila. 

Cotton and Tubbs represented two-thirds of a Belton pitching staff that turned heads of many teams in the community. Cotton went 18-8 in 29 games, had a 2.06 ERA in 88 innings, allowed 39 runs (23 earned) on 64 hits, 89 strikeouts and 36 walks. Tubbs went 7-0 with one save in 29 outings with a 1.41 ERA in 84 innings. She allowed 16 runs (15 earned) on 63 hits, struck out 66 and walked 14.

Robinson, a District 8-6A First Team infielder, hit .495 (46-of-93) with six home runs, a team-high 47 runs batted in and hit .587 (27-of-56) with runners in scoring position. She also led the team in walks (22), hit by pitches (9), and on-base percentage (.621). Robinson made just one error in 219 chances for a .995 fielding percentage.

The Bartlett sisters, move ins from a year ago from North Carolina, made a huge impact on the Lady Tigers squad in 2017. Named a District 8-6A First Team infielder, Mackenzie played second base and hit .372 (35-of-94) with three home runs, 20 runs batted in, 29 runs scored, 11 walks, five doubles, eight steals, eight sacrifices, had an on-base percentage of .449 and hit .294 (15-of-51) with runners in scoring position. The junior Mackenzie made three errors in 64 chances for a .955 fielding percentage.

Madison, named to the District 8-6A Second Team, hit .387 (36-of-93) with one home run, 24 runs batted in, 32 runs scored, 12 walks, 11 doubles, 10 sacrifices, five stolen bases, an on-base percentage of .445 and hit .405 (17-of-42) with runners in scoring position. The freshman played excellent at third base, making just six errors in 79 chances, good for a .929 fielding percentage.

Ward is a constant in the Lady Tigers lineup. The District 8-6A First Team sophomore outfielder hit .408 (40-of-98) with one home run, 22 runs batted in, 29 runs scored, 13 walks, hit by five pitches, had a .492 on-base percentage and hit .452 (19-of-42) with runners in scoring position. Ward made just one error in 27 chances for a .964 fielding percentage.

Davila, the District 8-6A First Team Designated Player, took advantage of an early-season playing opportunity and parlayed into a TSWA All-State Honorable Mention. She hit .490 (25-of-51) with seven runs batted in, scored 21 runs, had seven walks, hit three times, stole 13 bases, had an on-base percentage of .574 and hit .522 (12-of-23) with runners in scoring position.

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