By Angel Verdejo and Nick Talbot

The Cove Herald

Fans couldn't turn away from the plate whenever Shabanese Brown came up to hit.

On any given swing, they might have seen the Dillard University signee hit one of her 11 home runs, one of her five triples or simply get an unintentional intentional walk.

When she did get on base, the show wasn't over. Brown stole 24 bases this season and scored 32 runs. For that and her outstanding play at shortstop, Brown was named the first-team shortstop on the Killeen Daily Herald's All-Area team.

Brown wasn't alone on the honor teams, as junior Justine Hartwell was named second-team first baseman.

Hartwell hit .352 for the Lady Bulldawgs and finished second on the team in both runs scored (28) and RBIs (17).

Gatesville senior pitcher Emily Leib was named the player of the year after leading the Hornets to the Class 3A region quarterfinals. Her teammate, senior shortstop Shelby Watson, was newcomer of the year.

Belton's Matt Blackburn was named coach of the year.

First Team

Catcher: Ashley Shannon, Shoemaker

First Base: Jenna Roach, Belton

Second Base: Marisa Bogart, Lampasas

Third Base: Lauren Ramsey, Belton

Shortstop: Shabanese Brown, Copperas Cove

Left Field: Kat Strickland, Lampasas

Center Field: Tealey Farquhar, Lampasas

Right Field: Annie Bridgers, Belton

Designated Player: Hadley Brown, Lampasas

Pitcher: Taylor Holloman, Lampasas

Second Team

Catcher: Camryn Bintz, Salado

First Base: Justine Hartwell, Copperas Cove

Second Base: Madi Moore, Belton

Third Base: Pollethe Ramirez, Killeen

Shortstop: Ashlyn Osborne, Harker Heights

Left Field: Mindi Dunnahoo, Salado

Center Field: Cassie Morphet, Gatesville

Right Field: Karyle Stapleton, Shoemaker

Designated Player: Paige Chambers, Gatesville

Pitcher: Allison Boston, Belton

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