Belton's Sidney Holman hurls a pitch toward home plate during the sixth inning of a win over Copperas Cove in 2013. Holman was the District 8-5A Newcomer of the Year last season.

In trying to remain in the thick of the District 8-5A title race, Belton has wasted no time evaluating itself against top competition in this young softball season. 

The Lady Tigers have already competed in the 64-team Bryan/College Station tournament, finishing 20th, and will head to Round Rock this weekend to continue evaluating the 2014 team, head coach Matt Blackburn said.

Already, Belton has played the No. 5 Class 5A team in the state in Humble Kingwood and nearly toppled it, losing 6-4.

And Blackburn said at this point, he is still evaluating the best nine players to put on the field.

That may be a long process as Belton returns a good deal of talent.

Sophomore pitcher Sidney Holman, last year’s Newcomer of the Year in 8-5A, returns, as does senior infielder Alyson Bishoff, junior outfielders Tiffany Beaver and Skylar Stewart and junior designated player Bekah Alcozer, each an 8-5A first-teamer last season.

But Blackburn and the Lady Tigers are not focused on last season.

The head coach said he already has his sights set on this weekend, when his team will face Liberty Hill and Leander. Both are ranked in the top 10 in their respective classifications.

And the Lady Tigers expect to be better for it this season.

Contact Jordan Mason at or 254-501-7562​

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