SACHSE SOFTBALL MADISON MCCLARITY

Sachse senior Madison McClarity was a standout on the mound and at the plate and was voted as the 9-6A most valuable player for the second straight season.

Sachse and Rowlett have built two of the most consistent softball programs in the area in recent years.

The Mustangs and Eagles continued their winning ways during the past spring and their efforts were recognized on the 9-6A all-district team.

Since its first varsity season in 2004-2005, Sachse has missed the playoffs just once, and has qualified in 16 of its last 17 seasons, including 14 in a row.

The Mustangs extended that streak this past season, finishing second behind Wylie. They went on to sweep Rockwall-Heath in the bi-district round before dropping a pair of one-run heartbreakers to Killeen Harker Heights in the area finals.

Sachse had nine players selected to the all-district team, including the top overall honor as senior Madison McClarity was voted as the most valuable player.

McClarity, who signed to continue her career at Texas Tech, established herself as one of the top players in the state during her career with the Mustangs.

She was named newcomer of the year as a freshman, and this is the second straight season she has been selected as the MVP. McClarity would likely have four major awards in four years had the 2020 season not been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

McClarity was once again one of the most feared hitters in the area, as she posted a .584 batting average with 12 home runs, 11 doubles, four triples, 43 runs scored and 51 RBIs.

She was also one of the team’s key arms on the mound, where she posted a 9-2 record with a 2.61 earned run average and 91 strikeouts in 72.1 innings.

McClarity was joined on the first team by fellow senior Kayla Olthouse, another three-time honoree.

Olthouse, who signed to continue her career at the University of Arkansas-Monticello, was another key member of the Mustangs both on the mound and at the plate.

She posted a 11-6 record with a 3.81 ERA and 112 strikeouts and only 39 walks in 75.1 innings of work.

Olthouse also posted a .533 batting average with eight home runs, 14 doubles, two triples, 43 runs scored and 51 runs batted in.

Sophomore Nevaeh Watkins made the first team for the second straight season, after hitting .584 with seven home runs, 11 doubles, five triples, a team-high 54 runs scored and 33 driven in. Watkins was also a threat on the base paths, as she led the team with 32 stolen bases.

Rounding out the first-teamers is senior Emma Patton, who posted a .438 average with one home run, six doubles, five triples, 21 runs and 25 RBIs.

Junior Madison Trusty hit .325 with three doubles, 22 runs scored and 25 driven in to earn a spot on the second team. Also on the second team are sophomore Malani Hill, who batted .324 with 11 doubles, a pair of home runs and 26 runs, and sophomore Isabella Penk, who posted a .386 batting average with 17 runs scored.

Junior Mackenzie Colwell (.420, 4 HRs, 27 runs, 25 RBIs), sophomore Kamila Ochoa (.250, 19 runs scored) and freshman Zoe Worley were honorable mention selections.

Rowlett has its own impressive streak of playoff appearances, having qualified for the postseason in 22 of the last 24 seasons.

The Eagles had six players named to the all-district team, with a pair of first-team selections in sophomores Charley Wilson and Kailei Goforth.

Wilson, a catcher making her second appearance on the first team, posted a .564 batting average, including a slugging mark of 1.055, with three home runs, 31 RBIs, 31 runs scored and 11 stolen bases. Goforth, a defensive leader at shortstop, hit .407 with 31 runs scored, 19 runs batted in and 10 stolen bases.

Junior Riley Smith made the second team for the second straight season, as she batted .389 with a pair of home runs, 39 runs scored and 22 stolen bases.

Smith was joined by junior Beverly Brown, who hit .393 with two home runs, 13 stolen bases and 24 RBIs, and freshman Isabella Olade, who batted .411 with a home run and three triples.

Rounding out the Rowlett selections, sophomore Haleigh Aldridge was an honorable mention pick after hitting .321 with 10 stolen bases, 18 runs scored and 22 RBIs.

The future looks promising for the Eagles, as well, as all six of their honorees are expected to return next season.

District coach of the year Heather Damron led Wylie to a perfect 14-0 record during the 9-6A slate and a trip to the regional quarterfinals.

The Pirates expect a number of key contributors to return, as well, including their three other superlative award winners.

Junior Jordyn Merrett was voted as the pitcher of the year, as she led a staff that allowed one run or less 21 times, posted 15 shutouts on the season and yielded only eight total runs in 14 district games.

Junior Aubrey Brown was selected as the defensive player of the year, while also being a force at the plate, where she hit .524 with a pair of home runs, five triples, 10 doubles and 20 stolen bases.

That pair was joined by a trio of teammates on the first team. Senior Devin Chaky hit .500 with two home runs, six doubles and 18 stolen bases.

Sophomore Sydney Murphy posted a .484 average and flexed her muscle at the plate with a team-high eight home runs, six doubles and five triples, while sophomore Hannah Messer hit .323 to earn a spot on the first team.

Wylie had three more players—all sophomores—land on the second team with Aubrie Gunther (.421, 8 2Bs, 5 3Bs, 10 SBs), Sarah Roberge (.406, 3 3Bs, 5 2Bs, 16 SBs) and Ryley Severson (.397, 6 HRs, 3 3Bs, 3 2Bs).

Garland put together one of the most dominant stretches of any softball program in the state from 2005-2008, where it advanced to the state tournament in all four years, winning the title in 2006 and 2007.

While the Owls are not quite at that level, they put together another season to be proud of, returning to the playoffs once again.

Garland junior Z’Natria Evans was tabbed the offensive player of the year, and for good reason. Evans posted a .691 batting average, with nine home runs, 15 doubles and five triples.

Sophomore Valeria Cabella was voted the district newcomer of the year, as she hit .550 with six doubles and a pair of home runs.

Senior Zoe Sanchez joined that pair on the first team, as she hit .523 with 11 doubles and a pair of triples.

The Owls also placed two players on the second team with seniors Angelica Gonzales and Alyssa Garza.

Naaman Forest and Lakeview finished the district season in a tie for fifth place.

The Rangers had one player named to each of the first two teams.

Junior Mireily Medrano earned a spot on the first team, as she batted .407 with five doubles, three triples and a team-high 27 RBIs. Freshman Elizabeth Lazalde was named to the second team, as she hit .531 with a home run, five doubles, two triples and 26 runs scored.

The Patriots had junior Macye Keating selected to the first team, while North Garland sophomore Makenna Kircus was a second-team honoree.

9-6A Softball All-District Team

Most Valuable Player

Madison McClarity        Sr.     Sachse

Pitcher of the Year

Jordyn Merrett     Jr.      Wylie

Offensive Player of the Year

Z’Natria Evans    Jr.      Garland

Defensive Player of the Year

Aubrey Brown     Jr.      Wylie

Newcomer of the Year

Valeria Cabello    So.    Garland

Coach of the Year

Heather Damron            Wylie

First Team

Kayla Olthouse    Sr.     Sachse

Nevaeh Watkins   So.    Sachse

Emma Patton       Sr.     Sachse

Kailei Goforth      So.    Rowlett

Charley Wilson    So.    Rowlett

Devin Chaky        Sr.     Wylie

Sydney Murphy   So.    Wylie

Hannah Messer    So.    Wylie

Zoe Sanchez         Sr.     Garland

Macye Keating     Jr.      Lakeview

Mireily Medrano  Jr.      Naaman Forest

Second Team

Malani Hill So.    Sachse

Madison Trusty   Jr.      Sachse

Isabella Penk        So.    Sachse

Riley Smith Jr.      Rowlett

Isabella Olade       Fr.     Rowlett

Beverly Brown     Jr.      Rowlett

Aubrie Gunther    So.    Wylie

Sarah Roberge      So.    Wylie

Ryley Severson    So.    Wylie

Angelica Gonzales         Sr.     Garland

Alyssa Garza        Sr.     Garland

Elizabeth Lazalde Fr.     Naaman Forest

Makenna Kircus   So.    North Garland

Honorable Mention

Kamila Ochoa      So.    Sachse

Zoe Worley Fr.     Sachse

Mackenzie Colwell         Jr.      Sachse

Haleigh Aldridge  So.    Rowlett

Madison Gardner Sr.     Wylie

Averie Holcomb   So.    Garland

Ashleigh Grant     Sr.     Naaman Forest

Wendi Martinez    Sr.     North Garland

Jasmine Gonzalez Sr.     North Garland

Gloria Rosales      Sr.     North Garland

Krystal Rojo        Sr.     North Garland

Karina Eves         Jr.      North Garland

Yesenia Dominguez       Sr.     South Garland

Ava Texta   Fr.     South Garland

Academic All-District

Logan Schultz      Fr.     Sachse

Mackenzie Colwell         Jr.      Sachse

Rylee Richard       Jr.      Sachse

Avery Newman    Fr.     Sachse

Malani Hill So.    Sachse

Madison Trusty   Jr.      Sachse

Isabella Penk        So.    Sachse

Rilyn Nelson        Jr.      Sachse

Nevaeh Watkins   So.    Sachse

Kayla Olthouse    Sr.     Sachse

Reagan Montgomery     Fr.     Rowlett

Isabella Olade       Fr.     Rowlett

Kailei Goforth      So.    Rowlett

Charley Wilson    So.    Rowlett

Riley Smith Jr.      Rowlett

Beverly Brown     Jr.      Rowlett

Catherine Snow    Jr.      Rowlett

Haleigh Aldridge  So.    Rowlett

Dakota Smith       So.    Rowlett

Devin Chaky        Sr.     Wylie

Chloe Phe   Fr.     Wylie

Raina Doggett      So.    Wylie

Madison Gardner Sr.     Wylie

Aubrie Gunther    So.    Wylie

Emma Kloepping Sr.     Wylie

Jordyn Merrett     Jr.      Wylie

Hannah Messer    So.    Wylie

Sarah Roberge      Sr.     Wylie

Kayla Santiago     Fr.     Wylie

Ruth Bailey Sr.     Garland

Kayla Bryan         Fr.     Garland

Valeria Cabello    So.    Garland

Z’Natria Evans    Jr.      Garland

Alysa Garza         Sr.     Garland

Angelica Gonzales         Sr.     Garland

Lyndzee Sesco      Sr.     Garland

Ashleigh Arant     Sr.     Naaman Forest

Elizabeth Lazalde Fr.     Naaman Forest

Gladys Ayozie      So.    Naaman Forest

Mia Quintero        So.    Naaman Forest

Mireily Medrano  Jr.      Naaman Forest

Tram Chung         Sr.     Naaman Forest

Carolina Molina   Sr.     Naaman Forest

Nadia Garza         So.    Lakeview

Macye Keating     Jr.      Lakeview

Yvette Rosales     Jr.      Lakeview

Yazmin Jaramillo Fr.     North Garland

McKenna Kircus  So.    North Garland

Faith Lambert      So.    North Garland

Julia Martinez      So.    North Garland

Karina Eves         Jr.      North Garland

Wendi Martinez    Sr.     North Garland

Krystal Rojo        Sr.     North Garland

Jasmine Gonzalez Sr.     North Garland

Yesenia Dominguez       Sr.     South Garland

Ava Texta   Fr.     South Garland

For continued coverage on the local sports scene, follow Devin Hasson on Twitter: @DevinHasson. Email Devin with sports story suggestions at dhasson@starlocalmedia.com.

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