(Orange, Texas)

June 11, 2014

Local softball standouts honored by TGCA

Van Wade
The Orange Leader

ORANGE — Several Orange County softball standouts continue to rack up honors that were recently handed out by the Texas High School Girls Coaches Association.

Little Cypress-Mauriceville’s Haley Mills and Hope Russell were both selected to the Class 4A TGCA All-State Softball Team.

Meanwhile, LC-M’s Taylor Fraccastoro and Orangefield’s Khandi Breaux were selected to play in the TGCA All-Star Game.

No player in the area made the defensive gems that Lady Bear senior Haley Mills made at shortstop. She made the routine play look easy and she also made some fantastic plays that stunned crowds throughout the season. Mills, the Orange Leader Defensive MVP, also got it done in the leadoff spot for the Lady Bears. She led the team with a .486 average. She scored a team-high 47 runs. She also collected five home runs, 23 RBI and added 11 doubles. She also found time to hit .321 at the plate with 10 RBI and six doubles.

Russell was a standout on the hill for the Lady Bears as she helped the team to a second-place playoff finish and a trip to the area round of the playoffs.

After being a top-notch relief pitcher her first two years on varsity, Russell turned into the ace her senior campaign. She also a tremendous year at the plate for head coach Dena Adkins.

Fraccastoro, the Leader Team’s Most Valuable Player, was part of the All-Leader Team for three years now and saved her best for last.

Fraccastoro played such a key role the past three seasons as LC-M advanced to the regional finals, regional quarterfinals, and area round and also included two district titles.

Fraccastoro, despite not being pitched to a whole lot as a senior after a very productive junior campaign, still had her way at the plate.

She batted .423 and led the area with 12 home runs. She also led LC-M with 39 runs batted in to go along with six triples and five doubles.

Breaux, the Leader’s Pitcher of the Year, had a slew of double-digit strikeout games in 21-3A play to spur the Lady Bobcats to the title.

The senior finished with a 18-4 mark on the bump with a 1.01 earned run average. She struck out 193 batters in 132 1/3 innings.

Fraccastoro will play for the Blue Team in the 5A-4A All-Star Game while Breaux will compete for the Blue Team in the 3A-and-under All-Star Game. Nederland’s Tori Cooper will be on the team with Fraccastoro.

The game will be played July 11 at Workman Complex in Arlington.