By Kevin Posival
Killeen Daily Herald
In a pinch, Kady Crow can be an ace.
Crow signed with McLennan Community College earlier this year as a catcher, but picked up her second straight all-state nod as a pitcher Monday.
"Although she's going to college as a catcher, it's hard to overlook 26 wins," said former Lampasas softball coach Rusty Erwin, who just recently accepted the same position at A&M Consolidated. "I don't care who you are or what league you play in, when you win 26 ballgames, you can't overlook that."
Crow was named a second-team pitcher and teammate Tealey Farquhar was a first-team outfielder on the Collin Street Bakery/Texas Sports Writers Association All-State list released Monday.
The Lampasas duo was also recognized on the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-State list released in mid-June. Farquhar, the Daily Herald All-Area MVP, was a TGCA All-State selection last year as well.
"We expected Tealey to repeat and have the kind of year she had, but for Kady really to step it up and be more consistent — it got to where every time she went out, we knew she was going to have a good game and give us a chance to win," Erwin said.
Gatesville juniors Megan Chambers and Ashley Cook — two of the Hornets outfielding standouts — were also recognized. Chambers was a third-team selection and Cook received honorable mention. Now-graduated senior left fielder Jaycee Summers was District 19-3A's defensive MVP
"They're just really fast, coachable, very athletic girls," Gatesville softball coach Crystal O'Brien said. "There have been numerous diving catches in the outfield, making throws at home plate, throwing people out that try and tag up, they've ran balls down on the fence, they're just tremendous athletes, good softball players."
Crow, the District 25-3A pitcher of the year, was 26-9 this season, struck out 127 batters and boasted a 1.79 ERA in 211 1/3 innings while Farquhar led Lampasas in nearly every offensive category.
Farquhar hit a team-best .555 (.600 in district 25-3A) with a 1.238 on base-plus-slugging percentage. She also slapped 71 hits (59 for singles), scored 46 runs, and stole a career-high 41 bases. Crow hit .404 with a team-leading 34 RBIs, 12 doubles and three triples for the Lady Badgers, who reached the regional semifinals for the second straight season.
"They were the heart and soul, really — all those seniors. Those two were fortunate enough to be recognized," Erwin said. "Tealey, of course, made it last year. ... Her numbers were even a little better this year. That was kind of a no-brainer for the association."
Chambers, a first-team Daily Herald All-Area and 19-3A all-district selection, hit .490 and had a .549 on-base percentage. She scored a team-best 36 runs, stole 37 bases and had six RBIs.
Rightfielder Cook, another all-district first-team selection, hit .448 with a team-best 12 stolen bases, scored 10 runs and had a .543 on-base percentage through district.
"Generally, when they get on, we score," O'Brien said. "So, I think there's a lot more confidence when they get on. We look for that to be even better."