Salado Softball playoffs

Salado's Malory Schattle, right, makes a stop against Corsicana Mildred during the schools' playoff series Saturday in Waco.

SALADO — Malory Schattle never hit for the cycle in her life before doing it in a win against Jarrell last week.

But what truly set Schattle apart was that she did it in a three-inning win against Jarrell, part of a 7 for 7 stretch for the Salado sophomore last week.

She followed that up by rallying for the Player of the Week award on Thursday, notching more than 1,000 votes in the final 24 hours of the contest.

Schattle, a shortstop, finished with 2,460 votes, good for 44 percent of the total vote. She edged Harker Heights’ outfielder Michael Rae Zapata, who finished with 2,164 votes or 38 percent.

“It feels good because I was actually nominated last year, but I lost like within the last day,” Schattle said. “A lot of people have been voting today and yesterday, and we made a big comeback last night. So it just feels really good to have people voting for me and having them supporting me.”

Also nominated were Lampasas senior Shonderius Howard, who set meet and stadium records with a 6-9 high jump at Fredericksburg, and Belton freshman Sidney Holman, who pitched a pair of two hitters in wins against Shoemaker and defending district champ Waco Midway.

By the end of Wednesday night, Zapata led Schattle by 32 votes with a total of 1,505.

But both were far from done as they totaled nearly 2,000 votes between them in the final 24 hours.

Schattle said she mostly avoided checking the site because she doesn’t like to promote herself.

Schattle said she wasn’t keeping track of the cycle against Jarrell and didn’t know she completed it until after the game.

But that didn’t make it any less exciting to achieve. For Schattle, the entire 7 for 7 stretch was a fun experience.

“It’s been really cool because I’ve never really done that before,” Schattle said.

“Having my team behind me is helping a lot because it’s keeping a lot of stress off myself, and it’s just letting me relax and be able to do what I can do.”

With a veteran team entering the season, the Lady Eagles have had a great deal of success to this point.

“Since we only lost one senior last year a lot of us have been playing together for two years now,” Schattle said.

“So it’s a lot better because you’ve worked with each other a lot more. You have a better connection with each other and you’re able to work better together.”

Of course, it also helps when a player goes 7 for 7, including hitting for the cycle.

Contact Jordan Mason at or 254-501-7562​

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