Christin Wilson’s first season was a struggle.
Prior to her freshman year at Salado, the first baseman damaged her knee sliding into second base during a game with her select team. The injury was so severe Wilson required reconstructive surgery following the conclusion of the Lady Eagles’ season.
Until then, however, Wilson simply embraced the adversity.
“It was challenging,” she said. “I definitely was not the best at running.
“But I just looked at it like I have a different situation than other people have. I gave a part of myself up for the game, and it is just something I had to compensate for, but I didn’t think anything of it.”
The approach paid off.
Despite the injury, Wilson was recently recognized as the 19-4A All-District Newcomer of the Year after helping Salado reach the regional quarterfinals in the playoffs.
Although she is gifted with immense talent, Wilson feels other attributes contributed to her impressive debut.
“Just being very determined in practice helped me be successful,” she said. “I put everything I had into everything I did.”
Wilson was not the only Salado player represented on the all-district list, though.
On the heels of a 28-win season and a second-place finish in the district race, six Lady Eagles landed on either the first or second team, including Salado’s lone senior selection — catcher Jenna Calder.
Perhaps nobody was more deserving, according to Lady Eagles head coach Kory Craddick.
“It meant a lot to see Jenna on there,” he said. “She was the leader of our team and meant the world to these young girls, and her presence on the field was very evident to all the coaches in the district.
“They knew who our leader was.”
Salado’s remaining representatives are all eligible to return, including first-team selections Bailey Tindell, a junior pitcher, freshman second baseman Piper Randolph and freshman shortstop Breigh Oliver.
Additionally, Lady Eagles sophomore third baseman Rebecca Dockray and freshman designated player Marissa Gonzalez made the second team.
With so much talent remaining, Craddick is excited about what the future might hold for his young standouts.
“We’re at a small school,” he said, “and we have those trends where really good players come in waves sometimes. It comes and goes, but it makes for a really fun four years when you have girls who can step on the field and play as freshmen.
“By the time they get to be seniors, they can usually do a whole lot of things well, and it is fun to watch them grow up and excel.”
Liberty Hill senior shortstop Joely Williamson was named most valuable player, while teammates Amber Wiggins, a sophomore pitcher, and senior first baseman Samantha Barnett were honored as pitcher of the year and offensive player of the year, respectively. Taylor senior center fielder Teanna Lucio was named defensive player of the year.
Four Lampasas players landed on the first team, including seniors Kloe Corbin, a catcher, and left fielder Blakeli Brookreson. Also on the first team were juniors Sloane Johnson, a shortstop, and center fielder Kyndal Moyer.
Lady Badgers sophomores Natalie Denoso, a second baseman, and first baseman Kamri Corbin were each placed on the second team.
Overall, Lampasas first-year head coach Drew Cleavinger was pleased with the way her team was represented.
“I’m proud of the girls and the awards they received,” she said. “I just wish we could have earned a superlative award, but it is difficult to do that when you are sitting at third place in the district at the end of the day.
“If we could have finished first or second, we might have had a better shot at one of those awards.”