Although the season ended abruptly last week, several members of the Bullard Lady Panther varsity softball team have been recognized for their achievements on the field, as well as in the classroom, on the recently released 2017 District 15-4A All-District Selections List.
“The All-District awards received by our team are a direct reflection of their own hard work and dedication to the program and to each other,” said Megan Dobrinski, Lady Panther softball head coach. “The awards are voted on by the other coaches in the district; to receive an award, you have to make an impression on all the other coaches. We were fortunate enough to place all of our starters on either the First or Second All-District Team, which is a huge accomplishment. To say I'm proud of my team this season would be an understatement; they exceeded my expectations, and then some. I am lucky to be blessed with some hardnosed athletes who don't accept mediocrity. It's always tough to end a season, but I'm proud of the way we fought all season long.”
Leading the way for the Lady Panther varsity softball team on the 2017 District 15-4A All-District Selections List was junior catcher Destinee Dixon, receiving one of the district’s superlative awards as the Defensive Most Valuable Player.
Behind the plate, Destinee Dixon was near perfect, collecting a .987 fielding percentage with 157 putouts, while only committing two errors, in a total of 159 total chances. She was also a strong force for the Lady Panthers offensively all season, holding on to a .414 batting average while collecting a total of 41 hits, including 28 singles, six doubles, five triples, and two home runs, allowing her to produce a total of 27 runs and 40 runs batted in for the team.
Also on top of the 2017 District 15-4A All-District Selections List for the Lady Panthers was junior outfielder Reagan Bell, as she captured the Newcomer of the Year superlative.
In the outfield, Bell served as a secure glove, carrying a .944 fielding percentage thanks to collecting 49 putouts and two assists, while only committing three errors, out of 54 chances.
Bell was also a strong player for the Lady Panthers in the outfield throughout the year, making several highlight catches. At the plate, Bell held a .197 batting average while collected a total of 15 hits, including 12 singles, two doubles, and one triple, which produced a total of 17 runs and five RBIs.
On the 2017 District 15-4A All-District Selections List’s First Team All-District team, the Lady Panthers were represented by a quartet of players, including sophomore pitcher Ashlyn Seaton, senior shortstop Zoe Hancock, sophomore second baseman Aspyn Grossman, and freshman outfielder Jolee Dixon.
In the circle for the Lady Panthers, Seaton was credited with a 3.722 earned run average, allowing 238 hits, 138 runs, and 95 earned runs, while striking out a total of 140 batters while walking 67 others.
Seaton was also the leader for the Lady Panthers in production at the plate, claiming a team-high .525 batting average with a total of 53 hits, including 26 singles, 19 doubles, three triples, and five home runs, while producing a total of 45 runs and 47 RBIs.
Hancock, the Lady Panthers’ leadoff hitter all season long, was a strong bat for the team at the top of the order, collecting a .400 batting average with 44 hits, including 41 singles, one double, and two triples, allowing the team to score 42 runs, while Hancock was credited with nine RBIs.
In the second spot in the lineup, Grossman held a .413 batting average with a total of 43 hits, including 34 singles, seven doubles, and two triples, scoring a total of 40 runs while collecting 13 RBIs.
Jolee Dixon, one of the team’s youngest members, was no slouch at the plate despite her age, batting for a .337 average with 34 hits, including 26 singles, three doubles, four triples, and one home run, collecting a total of 27 RBIs while producing a total of 19 runs for the team.
A total of three Lady Panther players were honored on the 2017 District 15-4A All-District Selections List’s Second Team All-District team, including sophomore first baseman Sydney Foster, freshman third baseman Payton Hancock, and senior outfielder Kamryn Powell.
Foster was able to collect a .328 batting average this season with 19 hits, including 13 singles, two doubles, three triples, and one home run. Thanks to Foster’s production, the team was able to score a total of 12 runs, while Foster was credited with 15 RBIs.
As a freshman, Payton Hancock was a strong bat in the Lady Panthers’ lineup, holding a .258 batting average with 23 total hits, including 15 singles, seven doubles, and one triple, collecting 18 RBIs and helping the team to score 11 runs.
In her final season as a Lady Panther, Powell collected a .305 batting average with 13 hits, including eight singles, four doubles, and one triple, allowing the team to score 10 runs while Powell collected seven RBIs.
In addition to their hard work and strong play on the field all season long, several members of the Lady Panther varsity softball team were recognized for their studious habits in the classroom, as the team picked up a total of seven sports on the District 15-4A Academic All District list.
Players named as Academic All-District players included Bell, sophomore outfielder Caitlyn Colston, freshman outfielder Kenzie Colston, Destinee Dixon, Jolee Dixon, Foster, and Powell.
The Bullard Panther varsity softball team finished the 2017 season with an overall record of 21-11, 8-2 in district play, and was named the District Co-Champions and Bi-District Champions.