It’s tough to make a deep run in the postseason when you open up against the No. 1 team in state after fighting your way through a district that has stiff competition.
While the Waxahachie Lady Indians’ playoff run was not as long as they would have hoped for it gave a relatively young team plenty of experience for the next two years.
Waxahachie finished the 2011 season with a 16-17 overall record and a 10-6 District 15-4A mark with a team that finished the season with six seniors, two juniors, 10 sophomores and three freshmen.
“I thought we had a great season. If we would have played at the beginning of the season like we did at the end I think we could’ve had a better season record,” senior center fielder Tiffany Haines said.
Haines was one of three senior outfielders for the Lady Indians and all three won a team superlative award at the year-end banquet.
Haines was named the Defensive MVP for the Lady Indians while Most Improved went to right fielder Tori Kvapil and the 3-D Award went to left fielder Kaitlyn O’Brien.
O’Brien earned the 3-D Award for desire, dedication and determination as she finished the season with 19 RBI and six stolen bases with 23 hits.
Kvapil played sparingly with the varsity last season and fought for her starting position this season after splitting time early in the season as a member of the swim team. Kvapil finished the year with a .284 batting average and 19 hits.
“I think that’s awesome that all our outfield won awards,” Haines said. “Kaitlyn deserves the 3-D award. She always works hard and Tori really is, in my opinion, deserving of the most improved. She’s really grown as a softball player.”
Haines knows a thing or two about growth on the softball field as the senior had never picked up a softball before trying out with Waxahachie as a freshman.
“It means the world for me to be Defensive MVP,” Haines said. “Coach (Joanie) Vaughn used to be my next door neighbor and I still remember going over there and asking if I could play. I don’t think she really wanted me to but I’m glad she gave me a chance. I worked really hard and never thought I would start my sophomore year. Monica Jaramillo really taught me how to play outfield. It was really special to see Monica’s name on the previous Defensive MVP years and then seeing my name underneath it because she helped me get there.”
With three years of starting experience for the Lady Indians, Haines has experienced first hand what it takes to play varsity outfield and believes the team will have players ready to step up in 2012 and replace the departing seniors.
“I could definitely see Taylor Engel out there. She’s been in the outfield with me, Kaitlyn, and Tori so I think she is the most prepared. Not only that but she’s really good in the outfield. She’s got good judgment on the ball, awesome speed and a pretty good arm. She has to be out there anyway because I left her the No. 22 jersey, just like Monica did for me,” Haines said. “As for the rest of the outfield, I have no idea who would fill the corners. Somebody’s going to have to step up or I hear there are some upcoming freshmen who are really talented outfielders.”
Also playing their last game for Waxahachie in the playoffs against Elgin were seniors Lauren Johnson, Bree Lawrence and Rebecca Pevehouse. Johnson pitched and played first base while Lawrence and Pevehouse were utility players. Johnson batted .351 for Waxahachie with 10 RBI and six doubles.
Seniors took home three of the six awards at the year-end banquet while sophomore pitcher Brooke Goad was named MVP and freshman Ariel Oritz was named Offensive MVP and Newcomer of the Year.
All-district honors will be released once Forney is eliminated from the playoffs or after the state tournament.