Below is a list of superlative awards as well as a first-team roster and honorable mentions comprised of players from all seven Parker County high school softball teams.
The All-Parker County team is comprised of coaches’ nominations, all-district lists and input from Weatherford Democrat employees.
Kelsi Tonips, junior, Brock
Tonips put up numbers reflective of an entire season’s worth of work despite sustaining an injury during Brock’s first tournament of the year, one which kept the junior out of commission until the second half of district play.
Once returning, Tonips batted .485, putting up 19 singles, 10 doubles and three home runs to go along with 36 RBIs and 28 runs scored.
Defensively, the junior owned a fielding percentage of .897 percent as well as a 9-0 record on the mound, recording 32 strikeouts in 56 innings pitched for an ERA of 3.25.
Named a first-team outfield selection in District 7-3A, Tonips was also selected to play in the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Game.
Co-Offensive Players of the Year
Macy Graf, freshman, Aledo
Graf was a member of Aledo’s large group of underclassmen (five freshmen and six sophomores) who helped power the Lady Cats to the Class 5A regional quarterfinals.
Graf complimented a batting average of .454 with 30 stolen bases.
Combined with strong leadership and communication skills, the freshman infielder (who was also named District 4-5A’s OPOY) has a chance to play a major role in Aledo’s success for several years to come.
Katie Ruddy, senior, Peaster
In her final season with the Lady Greyhounds, Ruddy proved an absolute force at the plate, batting .432 while owning an on-base percentage of .549.
The senior, who took home District 7-3A’s Offensive Player of the Year, saw opposing teams pitch to her less as the 2019 season wore on, accruing 23 walks thanks in part to her 15 home runs.
Defensive Player of the Year
Hailey Blankenship, junior, Brock
Blankenship proved her versatility behind the plate, catching for five different pitchers over the course of the Lady Eagles’ 2019 campaign.
Regardless of who she worked with on the mound, Blankenship, who was named a District 7-3A co-first-team catcher, proved dangerous on the defensive end, catching 14-of-30 stolen base attempts while owning a .965 fielding percentage in 316 chances.
Like her teammate Tonips, Blankenship was selected to play in the TGCA All-Star Game.
Newcomer of the Year
Kamden Hutton, freshman, Peaster
Hutton looked right at home in the batter’s box in her first year of high school varsity action, racking up 50 hits including 25 singles, 15 doubles, two triples and seven home runs.
Batting just under .500 (.495) as well as owning an on-base percentage of .575, Hutton was a constant threat to score, displaying great power in her swing.
The freshman was also named District 7-3A’s Newcomer of the Year.
Utility Player of the Year
Landry Felts, senior, Brock
With Brock for each of its previous four consecutive state tournament appearances, Felts closed out her high school career displaying ample ability on both sides of the ball.
Helping solidify the team’s outfield at center, Felts owned a fielding percentage of .976 with only one error in 42 chances.
Felts proved equally effective at the plate, batting .394 (29 singles, 15 doubles, three triples and seven home runs) to go along with 45 RBIs and 61 runs scored.
The senior outfielder was named District 7-3A’s Defensive MVP.
Pitcher of the Year
Rylie Melton, senior, Peaster
Opposing batters were held to a .257 average at the plate against Melton, who collected 151 strikeouts in a little under 120 innings pitched (including playoffs) in her final year with the Lady Greyhounds.
Melton, a District 7-3A Co-Pitcher of the Year, also proved a strong emotional leader for the team, pacing the Lady Greyhounds in rallies started.
Coach of the Year
Ryan Starnes, Brock
Starnes led the Lady Eagles to their fourth-consecutive state tournament appearance in 2019, claiming a district championship and sweeping the team’s first four playoff opponents along the way.
Below is a first-team roster comprised of players from all seven county high school softball teams.
Players are listed by school, not by ascending or descending order.
Also, players included in the above superlative categories are not included in the following first-team roster.
Lindsey Franklin, senior, Weatherford; Hollyn Gaffner, sophomore, Aledo; Marissa Powell, freshman, Aledo; Kayleigh Smith, freshman, Aledo; Morgan Brown, sophomore, Aledo; Jessica Leek, senior, Brock; Payton Gasca, senior, Brock; Lauren Kizer, junior, Brock; Valarie Garcia, junior, Springtown; Ashlynne Lane, freshman, Springtown; Camryn Slocum, sophomore, Springtown; Kelsey Vincent, junior, Springtown; Taci Tatum, senior, Peaster; Presley Whitehead, sophomore, Peaster
Below is a list of All-Parker County Team honorable mentions (by school).
Karly Horton, senior, Weatherford; Morgan Skold, freshman, Weatherford; Caroline Suchocki, junior, Aledo; Heidi Fischer, senior, Aledo; Alana Smith, senior, Aledo; Maddie Murley, junior, Brock; Hailey Allen, senior, Millsap; Jessica Morgan, junior, Millsap; Katie Mizeski, sophomore, Millsap; Delaney Jones, senior, Springtown; Madison Smith, senior, Springtown; Aubrey Case, junior, Peaster; Ryen Browning, freshman, Peaster; Paige Bull, freshman, Trinity Christian Academy, McKinna Nichols, junior, Trinity Christian Academy; Maggie Nichols, senior, Trinity Christian Academy; Lauren Lykins, sophomore, Trinity Christian Academy