Every coach wants a pitcher who will give them innings and keep their team in the game.
Salado softball coach Kory Craddick has that.
After an 8-3 setback to Caldwell in Game 1 of a bi-district series in the Class 4A playoffs, Salado needed to win a pair of games over Caldwell two days after losing by five.
Bailey Tindell delivered that.
With the No. 20 Lady Eagles’ season on the line, the junior pitched back-to-back games on a warm, humid afternoon in Liberty Hill as Salado rallied to win the best-of-three series.
The performance earned her this week’s Freddy’s-KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week.
After coming back from injury last year, Tindell knows that the entire Salado community always rallies around their athletic program and no matter what sport, there is always red and white in the stands.
“It means a lot to me, because I’ve really had to battle after my injury,” Tindell said of the honor.
“It’s a pretty big accomplishment, because this area is filled with tremendous athletes.”
With Tindell’s honor, she is the seventh Salado athlete to be selected as the Player of the Week for this school year.
Craddick admires the way his pitcher gets after it every game on the mound and leaves everything she has out on the field.
“She really has a great presence out there on the mound,” said the Salado head coach. “I really can’t say enough about her. She battles every game. No matter the opponent. No matter the conditions, she’s going to give you everything she has,” Craddick said.
“That’s what makes Bailey Tindell special.”
Likewise, Tindell attributes her work ethic to the Salado head coach for getting her prepared for every game.
“I have learned a lot about myself by playing for coach Craddick,” Tindell said.
“I’ve grown as a player and a leader.
“When it comes down to it, we always manage to work together.”
Others nominated for the award were Copperas Cove senior Josh Canete, Florence senior Emily Jo Gray and Killeen senior Bobby Smith.
Canete earned a return trip to the state track meet by winning the regional championship with a top leap of 6 feet, 6 inches.
Gray helped No. 25 Florence defeat Karnes City 3-1 for the bi-district championship. The senior ace tossed a two-hitter, allowing just one unearned run with 17 strikeouts.
Smith advanced to the state track meet and broke a 21-year- old regional record by throwing the discus 199 feet, 10 inches. The senior also dominated in the shot put, winning by more than 7 feet.