Eight members of the Region I-4A champion Brownwood Lady Lions softball team earned all-district honors, led by pitcher Chyanne Ellett who was selected the 6-4A Most Valuable Player as a freshman.
In her first year of high school softball, Ellett posted a 21-7 record in the circle with a 1.76 ERA, 255 strikeouts and 51 walks in 179.2 innings. At the plate, Ellett batted .433 with four home runs and 25 RBIs — all of which ranked second on the team.
Ellett's MVP honor was one of two superlatives for the Lady Lions, as senior Tori Burkett was selected Catcher of the Year.
Burkett finished the season with a .247 batting average, a team-high four triples and 13 RBIs — most of which came during clutch situations.
First-team selections for the Lady Lions included senior first baseman Kristen Fuentes and senior second baseman Ashley Gomez.
Fuentes, Brownwood's clean-up hitter, led the Lady Lions with a .440 batting average, five home runs and 28 RBIs. Gomez posted a .366 batting average out of the leadoff spot with a pair of home runs, 20 RBIs and 21 runs scored.
Landing on the second team for Brownwood were junior shortstop Victoria Sanchez and freshman third baseman Ayanna Clemons.
Sanchez turned in a .310 batting average with one home run, seven RBIs and a team-best 29 runs scored. Clemons led the Lady Lions with 12 doubles and also posted a .343 batting average with a home run and 22 RBIs.
Receiving honorable mention were junior center fielder Kayla McFarden and senior right fielder Raeann Gongora.
McFarden ended the season on a hot streak as she batted .299 for the year with a home run and seven RBIs. Gongora finished with a .240 batting average, drove in three runs and scored eight times.
The rest of the superlative award winners in District 6-4A included Mineral Wells senior Kelsey Keeton as Offensive Player of the Year, Graham sophomore Nicole King as Defensive Player of the Year, Stephenville sophomore Julia Flores as Pitcher of the Year, Stephenville freshman Jennie Winstead as Newcomer of the Year, Abilene Wylie's Kamwren Jackson as Utility Player of the Year and Stephenville and Wylie shared coaching staff of the year honors.
Rounding out the first team were Stephenville's Nadine Arredondo, Kali Smith, Sami Shaffer, Morgan Diciccio, Madison Gilder and Emily Miller; Wylie's Carrie Clark, Hailey Russell, Shelby Russell and Bre Parks; Mineral Wells' Ashley Valdez and Airaca Graham; and Graham's Lexie Allen.
The remainder of the second team featured Wylie's Jordan Benson, Allison Gutierrez and Hadleigh Harvey; Mineral Wells' Lexi DeLuna and Kaitlynn Brock; and Stephenville's Jessica Howell.
After an 0-3 start in District 6-4A action, the Lady Lions, under the direction of head coach Jessica Lynn, finished as the league runner-up and second playoff seed en route to the UIL Class 4A state tournament — just the second appearance in Austin for Brownwood and first in 20 years.