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.
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
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