All-Area Softball Team

Lampasas shortstop Alyssa Maldonado throws to first base during the Lady Badgers’ 15-7 playoff-clinching victory in Burnet on April 18.

During the 2014 season, the Belton Lady Tigers routinely sprayed hits all over the field and launched home run shots past outfield walls en route to a District 8-5A championship. 

Belton made it to the Region I-5A area playoffs and landed three players on the Killeen Daily Herald’s Softball All-Area First Team.

Skylar Stewart was the team’s leading hitter with a .474 average to go along with 46 RBIs and nine home runs. Stewart was the district’s Offensive MVP this season.

Alyson Bishoff hit .471 with a team best 49 RBIs, nine homers and 13 doubles to go along with a .994 fielding percentage in 34 games. The senior first baseman was an all-district first-team selection.

Bekah Alcozer rounds out the Lady Tiger first-team trio after hitting .469 with 23 RBIs and three homers. The junior left fielder was an all-district first-team selection.

After coming within one game of the UIL State Softball Tournament, the Lampasas Lady Badgers duo of Alyssa and Marisa Maldonado made it to the KDH All-Area First Team.

Alyssa, a sophomore infielder, hit .488 with 53 RBIs, 20 doubles and nine homers. She was the District 8-3A Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

Marisa hit .482 with 35 RBIs and 14 extra-base hits. The junior infielder was a first-team all-district selection.

After helping the Copperas Cove Lady Bulldawgs end a four-year postseason drought, outfielder Elliana Doubleday is an All-Area First-Team selection. Doubleday hit .422 with 11 RBIs and stole 23 bases and made the all-district first team.

Harker Heights senior catcher Regan McIlvenna earned First-Team All-Area honors after hitting .382 and accumulating an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of 1.055. McIlvenna was a first-team all-district selection.

Gatesville’s McKenzie Winkler helped the Lady Hornets earn their second consecutive playoff berth. Winkler is on the All-Area First Team. Winkler hit .318 with 18 RBIs and had an on-base plus slugging percentage of 1.571 while earning all-District 8-3A honors.

Salado senior Shyenne Hicks helped the Lady Eagles to the best season in school history, advancing to withing a game of the UIL Class 2A State Softball Tournament. The Texas A&M-Kingsville signee drove in a Class 2A state-record 80 RBIs and was the District 22-2A Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

After helping the Florence Lady Buffs make their first playoff appearance in school history, sophomore Mackenzie Futrell made the All-Area First Team. As a pitcher and second baseman, Futrell was 8-6 with a 2.63 ERA and hit .400 with 20 RBIs and 14 extra-base hits.

Futrell was an all-district first-team selection.

2014 KDH ALL-AREA SOFTBALL TEAM

  • MOST VALUABLE PLAYER: Morgan Hill, Sr., P, Salado
  • OFFENSIVE MVP: Malory Schattle, So., SS, Salado
  • DEFENSIVE MVP: Sidney Holman, So., P, Belton
  • PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Carlee Duran, Jr., Copperas Cove
  • NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Kloe Corbin, Fr., Lampasas

FIRST-TEAM

  • BEKAH ALCOZER, OF, Belton, Jr.
  • ALYSON BISHOFF, 1B, Belton, Sr.
  • ELLIANA DOUBLEDAY, OF, Copperas Cove, Sr.
  • MACKENZIE FUTRELL, 2B, Florence, Sophomore
  • SHYENNE HICKS, 1B, Salado, Sr.
  • REGAN MCILVENNA, C, Harker Heights, Sr.
  • ALYSSA MALDONADO, SS, Lampasas, Sophomore
  • MARISA MALDONADO, 3B, Lampasas, Jr.
  • SKYLAR STEWART, OF, Belton, Jr.
  • MCKENZIE WINKLER, DH, Gatesville, So.

SECOND TEAM

  • Reagan Best, Salado
  • Josie Norman, Salado
  • Kristen Oakes, Salado
  • Irene Espinoza, Copperas Cove
  • Autumn Hughes, Copperas Cove
  • Emily Gray, Florence
  • Samantha Vaughn, Florence
  • Dusti Douglas, Ellison
  • Kennedy Connell, Ellison
  • Laryn Brinkman, Shoemaker
  • Megan Sittner, Lampasas
  • Blake Webb, Lampasas

Clay Whittington contributed to this story.

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