Shyenne Hicks entered her junior season expecting to see a lot of time in the circle.
But it was her work nearly everywhere else that caught the attention of the District 22-2A coaches.
Seeing time at pitcher, first base, third base, right field and left field this season, Hicks more than proved her versatility for the Salado Lady Eagles softball team and earned the nod as the 22-2A Defensive MVP when the all-district awards were announced Wednesday.
“She was such a great team player that in all actuality, she ended up playing five different positions on the year,” Salado coach Kory Craddick said. “She was just willing to fill the need for whatever we had to have.”
Hicks was one of five first-team representatives for the Lady Eagles (22-6), which fell to Mildred in their 2A area-round series May 4 at Waco ISD’s softball complex.
Joining Hicks on the first team were sophomore counterpart Morgan Hill, who was named one of four first-team pitchers, senior first baseman Jenna Franz, junior second baseman CeCe Cantu and freshman shortstop Malory Schattle.
“All five players meant a whole lot to us: Jenna with her leadership, CeCe did not make an error the entire year until the playoffs, Morgan stepping up and pitching as well as she did, and Malory is very special ... being a freshman she made some things happen this year that most kids don’t,” Craddick said. “All five just stepped up and played so well together, they made the team what we became.”
Reagan Best, Kristen Oakes and Josie Norman also earned second-team nods for Salado.
Rogers, which won the 22-2A title, led the all-district selections with the MVP (senior Paige Williams) and offensive MVP (senior Lauren Bedrich) as well as the Coach of the Year in Kristi Waits.
Despite a rough district stretch that included just two wins, Florence’s (6-16, 2-12) future looks bright with a pair of freshmen earning all-district honors with shortstop Clarissa Carrano making the first team and pitcher Mackenzie Futrell making the second team.