Postseason accolades continue to roll in for District 15-4A’s top two teams as six Ellis County softball players were named all-state by the Texas Sports Writers Association.
Waxahachie had two placed on the first team and added another to the third team while Midlothian also had a pair named to the third team.
Ferris also had one named honorable mention in 3A.
“I’m so excited for them,” Waxahachie head coach Joni Vaughan said. “We try not to push awards too much, but it’s nice to see them rewarded for their hard work.
“It goes to prove there’s some pretty good softball around (Ellis County).”
Waxahachie first baseman Sherri Polanco and second baseman Lauren Simpson were both named to the first team.
Polanco led the team with a .633 batting average, 15 doubles, 10 triples, five home runs, 44 RBIs and she struck out only six times in 120 at bats.
Simpson, which was named the first team utility player, finished third on the team with a .424 average with four doubles, 13 RBIs and a team-leading 26 walks.
Neither Polanco or Simpson were on the Texas Girls Coaches Association’s all-state team that was released last month.
“That goes to show you we had a deep team,” Vaughan said. “Those girls have amazing work ethics and that’s what will keep the awards coming to them.”
The Lady Indians’ Jocelyn Roberts was named third team third baseman.
Roberts finished the year with a .446 batting average with 12 doubles, one triple, two home runs and 35 RBIs.
For Roberts and Polanco, it was their second time to be selected to the TSWA all-state team.
“Now the goal is to get it a third time,” Vaughan said. “They’re both great players that put in the time and dedication you would expect from an all-state player.”
All three of Waxahachie’s selections were juniors this past year and return after reaching the regional quarterfinals and piling up 27 wins.
“That’s definitely good for us, but now we expect everyone to step it up a notch,” Vaughan said. “We know each year is new, but we want to keep building up the program. We had two selected all-state last year, three this year and now we’re going for four next year.”
Midlothian, who finished second in 15-4A and were just a game away from the regional finals, had shortstop Jessica Moore and center fielder Tori Benavidez named to the third team.
Moore, a senior, batted .366 with 25 RBIs, four home runs and 25 runs scored.
Benavidez batted .348 with 14 stolen bases, three doubles and four triples. She also went 9-1 with a 1.65 ERA on the mound.
Ferris’ Samantha Duran was selected to the 3A team as an honorable mention outfielder.