Richards, Lewis receive All-District superlatives; 7 more Italy players honored

Image: Senior Alyssa Richards was named the district’s Most Valuable Player.

Senior Alyssa Richards was named the district’s Most Valuable Player. (Barry Byers)

Italy Lady Gladiator head coach, Wayne Rowe, along with his assistant coaches, Tina Richards, and, Michael Chambers, are proud to announce the 1A Region II District 12 All-District list for the 2013 softball season which honored a total of 9 Lady Gladiator players.

Italy High School senior and Tennessee Tech University commit, Alyssa Richards, was named the district’s Most Valuable Player and sophomore Jaclynn Lewis was named as the district’s Pitcher of the Year.

Italy’s Lady Gladiators (22-13-1) went undefeated in district while posting a 12-0 district record to claim the District Championship and an automatic Bi-District Championship. The Lady Gladiators then defeated Gorman in 2 games of a 3 game series to add the Area Championship to the trophy case as well. Italy’s quest for a state title ended abruptly this past weekend in Hillsboro with Bosqueville winning the last 2 games of a 3 game series during an emotional, hard fought Regional Quarterfinal matchup between both teams.

Italy will sorely miss their three seniors in Richards, Katie Byers and Morgan Cockerham who have certainly left their marks during their careers as Lady Gladiators. Junior Paige Westbrook will have to carry the leadership torch next season as the team’s lone senior. Westbrook was one of Italy’s top RBI hitters this season behind Richards.

In addition to Lewis, sophomores Madison Washington, Tara Wallis, Bailey Eubank, Kelsey Nelson and K’Breona Davis will be seasoned veterans while freshmen Britney Chambers, Hannah Washington, Lillie Perry, Ashlyn Jacinto and Cassidy Childers gained valuable experience as members of Italy’s varsity squad this season.

Softball All-District Superlatives:

  • MVPAlyssa Richards, Senior, Italy High School
  • Offensive Player of the Year — Kaleigh Lightsey, Junior, Itasca High School
  • Defensive Player of the year — Chelsea Faires, Junior, Itasca High School
  • Pitcher of the YearJaclynn Lewis, Sophomore, Italy High School
  • Catcher of the Year — Hillary Schwartz, Freshman, Frost High School
  • Utility Player of the Year — Abby Morales, Senior, Grand Prairie Advantage
  • Newcomer of the Year — Jae Moore, Freshman, Frost High School

First Team All-District — Infield:

  • Dakota Lassetter, Senior, Frost High School
  • Shelby Ledwig, Senior, Itasca High School
  • Susie Rodriguez, Junior, Itasca High School
  • Paige Westbrook, Junior, Italy High School
  • Madison Washington, Sophomore, Italy High School

First Team All-District — Outfield:

  • Kadee Bowling, Senior, Frost High School
  • Taylor Ledwig, Senior, Itasca High School
  • Tara Wallis, Sophomore, Italy High School
  • Kelsey Nelson, Sophomore, Italy High School

Second Team All-District — Infield:

  • Brooke Jordan, Freshman, Covington High School
  • Madison Revill, Freshman, Frost High School
  • LuLu Rodriguez, Senior, Itasca High School
  • Katie Byers, Senior, Italy High School
  • Bailey Eubank, Sophomore, Italy High School

Second Team All-District — Outfield:

  • Jasmyn Steels, Freshman, Frost High School
  • Rylee Gallowy, Freshman, Grand Prairie Advantage
  • Jessica Farquhar, Junior, Itasca High School

Honorable Mention All-District*:

  • Hannah Bratcher, Sophomore, Avalon High School
  • Cody Morris, Freshman, Avalon High School
  • Kaycee Bowling, Freshman, Frost High School
  • Morgan Elmore, Freshman, Frost High School
  • Cheyenne Pack, Freshman, Frost High School
  • Rachel McFarland, Covington High School
  • Rachel Tyra, Covington High School
  • Robin Hicks, Covington High School
  • Marci Morales, Grand Prairie Advantage
  • Samantha Shinpaugh, Senior, Faith Family
  • Catherine Smith, Senior, Faith Family
  • Morgan Stone, Freshman, Faith Family
  • Molly Graham, Freshman, Faith Family
  • Britney Chambers, Freshman, Italy High School
  • Da’jae Wells, Senior, Itasca High School

The Lady Gladiator 2013 Roster:

Jersey Player
1 Bailey Eubank
2 Madison Washington
3 Cassidy Childers
4 Britney Chambers
5 Tara Wallis
6 Hannah Washington
7 Ashlyn Jacinto
8 Morgan Cockerham
9 Alyssa Richards
10 Paige Westbrook
11 K’Breona Davis
12 Lillie Perry
13 Katie Byers
14 Kelsey Nelson
15 Jaclynn Lewis

Congratulations to all the All-District performers within 1A Region II District 12, especially our Lady Gladiator honorees that certainly deserved the recognition.

Congrats, Ladies!