LAKE JACKSON — In another exciting season of Southern Brazoria County high school softball, several teams reached the pinnacle of their goals.
With that came many individual players standing out in different ways for their teams.
Here are The Facts Southern Brazoria All County’s individual honors as selected by The Facts sports staff. Receiving the offensive player of the year honors was Angleton’s Mia Scott; Danbury’s Madison Ahart won the defensive player of the year; Angleton’s Haylie Savage was the newcomer of the year; Sweeny junior Cassie Homniok was picked as the pitcher of the year and just a sophomore, Brazoswood’s Sam Herrera was the designated player of the year.
In back to back seasons, Scott has proven to be quite a player in the game. Last season as a freshman, Scott was the newcomer of the year.
This season she continued upping her game and came through for the Ladycats at third base and at the plate.
With a .584 batting average, the super player drove in 40 RBIs with 15 doubles, three triples and four home runs.
Playing the hot corner wasn’t an easy chore, but she made it look easy with her quick reflexes and pinpoint throws.
A fiesty player in her own right behind the plate, Ahart is the kind of player who makes things happen both on the field and at the plate.
Saving the best for her senior year, Ahart proved that by being one of the emotional leaders on the team.
“It was the best season that I could have imagined for my senior one,” Ahart said. “So every year I’ve gotten some kind of award and so every year I wanted to get a higher award. But a goal for every year was to go to state.”
Which is something she helped accomplish for the Lady Panthers with a hefty bat that produced 37 hits with 27 RBIs, nine doubles, 20 scored runs, seven strikeouts for the season to go with a .480 slugging percentage.
“I don’t look at numbers, I just go out there and will try to do a certain thing at the plate,” Ahart said. “For me numbers are different compared to the way you play on the field. I could have a low batting average, but if I am doing what I need to do on the field then I am doing my job.”
For the season, Ahart fielded with a .990 percentage at catcher and also managed a couple of pitchers in Amelia Hatthorn and Brooklynn Swacker.
“With Amelia it was different, because I had never caught her before but I thought we adjusted quickly,” she said. “With Brooklynn, we grew up together, it was just a normal thing for me. But both were different pitchers, so I had to go at them differently.”
Ahart’s original plan was to go play at Western Texas College to continue her softball career. But Alvin Community College came calling and she will play just down the road from Danbury.
Ahart was pleased with the way her senior year turned out.
“It was very emotional to get to state, because when the season started there were so many doubters on our back,” Ahart said. “As the season went on we just started believing that we could do it. So we just came together and put everything on the side and just became a team.”
As a sophomore on the Angleton Ladycat squad that was already loaded with talent, Savage made a name for herself with some clutch play at first base and at the plate.
Savage put together a solid regular season but it was in the playoffs where her plays really stood out. In some of those playoff games and even the state tournament in Austin, Savage came through time and time again.
With a .436 batting average, Savage drove in 30 RBIs with seven doubles, three triples and two home runs.
“I like hitting the first pitch, because normally it is a strike and I don’t like hitting with two strikes,” Savage said. “If that first pitch is there which it normally is, I will take a stab at it. I don’t like to feel that stress of striking out, so I try to get a hit first before they get ahead of me.”
She is looking forward to the next two seasons at Angleton as she continues working on her game.
“On my hitting side, I’d like to learn how to use my legs more and on defense I just want to be able to attack the ball better,” she said.
She will continue that this summer by playing select ball.
Each season it seems like Sweeny’s Homniok has just kept improving. Now in her junior year, Homniok took more steps to continue being dominant in the circle and at the plate.
“I thought this season turned out well for me, we had a strong team and it was unfortunate that we lost the way we did to Halletsville but it was still a lot of fun to go through the whole year,” Homniok said. “The confidence that I had this past season was something that’s been growing over the years. Its just changed me so much, but I thought my team helped me a lot with that as well.”
The home run leader at the plate with five, Homniok smacked the ball around for a .412 batting average to go with 17 doubles, 19 singles and 27 RBIs.
In the circle, Homniok had an .067 ERA with five no-hitters and two perfect games. She also had 13 shutouts during the season.
“I am pretty confident in my pitches, but I know that I have to spin the ball more,” Homniok said. “So that is something that I will be working on because I don’t want them to come out to flat.”
Homniok also used some of her experience to help mentor freshman, Cori Byrd.
“She brought a lot to the team, she was a good shortstop and she could do it all,” Homniok said. “I gave her a few pep talks during the season and I knew she was nervous. I knew how that felt, because I went through the same thing. I just didn’t want her to be as nervous as I was. I just tried to give her confidence.”
Homniok is suiting up for The Bombers select team this summer.
Coming off the junior varsity from her freshman year, Herrera made quite an impression with the Brazoswood Lady Bucs during this past season.
Fighting for a spot on the team was one of her main concerns at the beginning of the year, then hoping to solidify a starting position.
“I really enjoyed my sophomore year, but it was a lot harder than my freshman year with more competition and me trying to compete to get on the field,” Herrera said. “I think what helped me during the season was coaches talking to me and just telling me how to fix my swing.”
With a .349 batting average, Herrera got 83 at bats and produced 29 hits with five doubles, 26 RBIs and scored 11 runs.
“I really enjoyed the RBIs that I helped produce because they scored runs which we needed,” she said. “Obviously I really learned a lot, but mainly how to make adjustments quicker to help out my team. I want to work on my hitting just to make it better and just to see the ball right.”
Herrera will spend this summer playing with the Allusion McFarland select team.