By Evan Mohl
The Cove Herald
Despite a 3-11 record and missing the playoffs for the first time in two years, the Lady Dawg softball team placed two on the All-District 12-5A First Team.
Shortstop Shaba Brown and second baseman Alexis LaBiche, both juniors, earned the honors. The duo turned 11 double plays in just 14 district games.
"Everybody in district realized just how good they were," coach James Lowery said. "Anybody who hit the ball up the middle was likely an out. Those 11 double plays are kind of unheard of."
Both LaBiche and Brown batted over .300. Brown, who won District 16-4A Offensive MVP as a sophomore, led the Lady Dawgs in runs scored and RBIs.
The two are part of an entire infield that will return next year for the Lady Dawgs.
"It's huge that they'll both be back," Lowery said. "It means we can just pick up where we left off and we were playing as well as anybody during the second half of district."
Slick-fielding centerfielder Nani Fano and catcher Savannah Seybold earned second-team selections. Fano, a senior, earned rave reviews from opposing coaches for her all-out hustle.
"She's really something else," said A&M Consolidated coach Billy Hicks after the Lady Tigers played Cove. "She made a few plays that deserve to be on SportsCenter. And if she had more room on that line drive, she would have made another."
Seybold, like the rest of the Lady Dawgs infield will be back next season. Senior Alicia Stites got honorable mention as a designated hitter.
Lowery credited a strong second half for Cove's strong showing on the all-district list. Cove went 3-5 in their last eight games. Three of those five losses were by three runs or less.
"We played about as well as anybody in the second half," Lowery said. "And I think the coaches recognized that."
That also bodes well for next year as the Lady Dawgs try to make the playoffs back in Class 5A.
Belton led the way with 11 selections total, but District 12-5A champion A&M Consolidated had the most players make the first team, including Defensive Player of the Year, Kristin Moehlman.
Bryan also had six players on the first team, but only had two second-team selections. Belton's Amber Peters along with Jenna Bane of Temple were named Newcomer of the Year, while Belton's Brianna Bozon shared Offensive Player of the Year honors with Ashley Lara of Bryan.
Ten Lady Dawgs were also selected to the Academic All-District 12-5A softball team: Lacretia Biery, Brown, Kaela Cantrell, Fano, Justine Hartwell, LaBiche, Leslie Martinez, Seybold, Katelynn Stephens and Stites.
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