Bulletin Staff Report
The Howard Payne Lady Jackets softball program recently revealed three new player additions for the 2011 season — headlined by Early senior pitcher Janna Allen.
Allen — along with infielder Gabriela Carrillo of Lytle and outfielder Hillary Heisroth of Midlothian — have met all HPU admissions requirements and intend to continue their softball playing careers with the Lady Jackets.
Early’s workhorse in the circle, Allen will enter her fourth season as a starter as the Lady Horns are looking to make a second straight trip to the UIL Class 2A state softball tournament this spring.
Among Allen’s high school honors are an all-state selection and District 8-2A pitcher of the year accolades last season, while being named district MVP as a sophomore and district newcomer of the year as a freshman.
During last season’s history-making first state tournament appearance for Early, Allen posted a 32-5 record with 213 strikeouts. Her career record thus far features a 70-16 record and a 0.90 ERA.
Allen is also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, is the Students Against Destructive Decisions leader (SADD) and is a member of the Early High School Student Council. She plans to major in psychology at Howard Payne.
Carrillo is expected to earn her fourth letter this season, and has already been named a two-time all-district selection at first and third base. She has also been picked for several all-tournament teams and earned a spot on the academic all-district team. Carrillo also plays club softball for the ASA Texas Legends.
It is anticipated that Carrillo will graduate as valedictorian of her senior class, and she plans on majoring in pre-law at HPU.
Carrillo is the president of the Lytle High School National Honor Society and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Heisroth helped Midlothian achieve a No. 1 ranking in Class 4A last season as the Lady Panthers finished as co-district champions and advanced to the area round of playoffs.
Among the honors for Heisroth are an all-district selection in the outfielder, along with receiving the Midlothian High School Heart and Hustle Awards — voted on by coaches and teammates — due to her work ethic both during the season and in the offseason.
Heisroth also plays club softball for the Texas Elite and plans on majoring in education at HPU.