• July 31, 2014

Newcomer of the Year helps Lampasas match deepest playoff run ever

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Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014 12:09 am

In her first week, Kloe Corbin proved she was second to none. 

With no high school experience, Lampasas’ freshman catcher took the team by storm, recording nine hits, including three home runs, 10 RBIs and scoring nine runs during her first seven days on the varsity roster.

She never slowed down.

On a young team loaded

with impressive underclassmen, Corbin helped the Lady Badgers reach the Region I-3A semifinals following an eight-win season in 2013, matching the deepest run in program history.

Along the way, she emerged as both an offensive and defensive force for the team, earning a share of the District 8-3A Newcomer of the Year award with Liberty Hill freshman shortstop Joely Williamson, while also being named the team’s offensive MVP.

Additionally, Corbin’s efforts during her debut season netted her the accolade of Killeen Daily Herald All-Area Newcomer of the Year.

Corbin finished the season among the top five on the team in virtually every offensive statistic, leading the Lady Badgers in home runs with a dozen. Her 52 RBIs were one shy of tying team-leader Alyssa Maldonado, while her 45 runs scored matched Maldonado for team-high.

With a .423 batting average, Corbin was second on the team in hits (47) and third in doubles (12), striking out just 12 times in 111 at-bats.

Perhaps her best performance, however, occurred with the Lady Badgers’ season on the line.

After climbing as high as No. 4 in the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s Class 3A poll, the Lady Badgers struggled in District 8-3A play, losing five of seven games heading into the regular-season finale at Burnet.

Needing a victory to avoid falling into a three-way tie for third place in the standings, Corbin powered Lampasas (26-10) into the postseason.

The slugger went 3-for-5 with two home runs, including a grand slam, accounting for seven RBIs as the Lady Badgers cruised to a 15-7 victory, clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2012.

In nine postseason games, including the three-game elimination of then-No. 2 Kennedale in the area round, Corbin hit .385, posting 10 hits, eight RBIs and scoring 10 runs.

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