After finishing the 2014 season with a 10-15 record and narrowly missing a chance for a post season birth, the Lady Buckaroos were still recognized for their efforts on the softball diamond this season with six players earning District 7-2A post-season honors.
Senior Brooke Moss received First-Team All-District honors at catcher.
“Brooke was probably our biggest asset to the team,” said Lady Buckaroo head coach Gary Mayfield. “She was our leader on the field as far as keeping the girls motivated. She was also like an extra coach for me and took charge at times and that is what I needed.”
“She was an excellent leader and stepped up into that role with being a senior,” said Mayfield. “I contribute a lot of her success to her leadership role this year and what she did in that aspect.”
Sophomore Emma Davis earned First Team All-District honors at shortstop.
“Emma plays with a lot of heart and was torn between track and softball and I know that is hard on an athlete to do both sports,” said Mayfield. “With her putting in the time for track and the time she did for softball and her still making all district for softball, says a lot for her as a person and what she brings to the team.”
“She is one of those that does what needs to be done,” said Mayfield. “She will stay after practice and even when she hurt her back, she wanted to play. She has a big future with this team and will be a leader for the next two years.”
Senior Taylor Herrington earned Second Team All-District honors as a pitcher.
“Taylor did a fantastic job all season for us,” said Mayfield. “She was Second Team All-District, but first team was the Hawley pitcher and another second team pitcher was the Comanche pitcher. The Hawley girl was fantastic this year and they went all the way to state.”
“So, I think what Taylor did this year and to get Second Team All-District says a lot for her,” said Mayfield. “She pitched a lot of innings for us. I think she pitched more innings than what she thought she would, but she stepped it up and did what was needed of her and what I asked her to do. She pitched her heart out and was a good senior leader for us.”
Sophomore Heather Reatherford earned Honorable Mention All-District honors despite a broken leg midway through district play.
“I truly believe that she would have been a first or second team All-District selection if she had not broken her leg,” said Mayfield. “She missed the second half of district as a result of it so the other schools only saw her play half the district schedule.”
“She was what I like to say as the straw that stirred the drink for us,” said Mayfield. “She made things happen. When she got up to bat she got on base however she could. She wasn't ever afraid to bunt, steal or to get dirty. She has a bright future ahead of her and I believe that she will go on and play at the next level.”
Freshmen Shelby Lipps and Kaylee Roberts earned Honorable Mention All-District honors.
“Shelby did a great job for us this year by filling in at catcher when Brooke hurt her thumb,” said Mayfield. “She played center-field for us after Brooke came back and did a tremendous job. I think she has the potential to be an All-District player for the next three years.”
“Kaylee had tremendous improvement from day one of the season,” said Mayfield. “She stepped up into the lead-off spot after Heather got hurt and did a great job. Her defense also improved each game. She is another player that I think will go on and be an All-District player the next three years.
Earning Academic All-District honors were Karina Cruz, Lauren Satterwhite, Davis, Lipps and Roberts.
“I think with five girls earning Academic honors, it says a lot for these girls to be able to keep the schedule that they kept as far as playing duel sports,” said Mayfield. “They were able to maintain an ‘A' average and I think that says that academics mean a lot to these girls. Without academics, they wouldn't be with us,” said Mayfield. “It says a lot about their future and where they are headed because even if they do not play softball after high school, their academics will carry them to the next level. I am really proud of the girls for achieving that and hope they will keep it up throughout their high school career."