By Angel Verdejo
Killeen Daily Herald
Riley Latham put a new spin on the term "utility" infielder.
Spending most of the season for the Gatesville Hornets at second base, the sophomore moved over and played a little third because of injury.
But that wasn't all. Latham spent time behind the plate as well. She even started there when senior Amber Colson, the team's three-year starting catcher, missed time leading the girls golf team to the state tournament.
It was her versatility and her play that put her among the best in District 19-3A, as she was one of 13 players named to the 19-3A all-district first team. Latham wasn't alone in representing Gatesville - fellow sophomore Megan Chambers was also a first-team pick.
"(Latham) was a strong utility player for us," Gatesville head coach Crystal O'Brien said. "She played second base then stepped up and played third base. She's a strong player and she knows those positions.
"She's not afraid to get dirty."
Chambers excelled in hitting both from the left and right side of the plate, but perhaps her biggest asset to the Hornets was once she got on base. The multi-sport standout stole 14 bases during district play.
"Not only was she a fast baserunner, but she was also smart," O'Brien said. "It makes her even faster on the bases."
Earning second-team accolades for Gatesville were Colson, sophomore infielder Paige Chambers and junior outfielder Jaycee Summers. Allison Aslin and Kendra Powell were Gatesville's honorable mentions.
Robinson, which reached the Region III-3A final last weekend, had the district's most valuable player in junior Lindsey Cargill. District champion Lorena took two superlatives - Offensive MVP (Taylor Kelm) and Defensive MVP (Jessica Smith).
Newcomer of the Year went to China Spring freshman Mollie Kinlaw, while Coach of the Year went to Waco Connally's Rachel Schman.