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June 11, 2014

Lady Tigers' Ross named 18-2A MVP; Mason top utility player


Josee Ross, who just completed her junior season at Troup High School, has been named as the District 18-2A Most Valuable Player, following a poll of the league's head softball coaches.

Shortstop Bethany Mason, a graduating senior, was selected as the top utility player, while Lady Tiger head coach, Sam Weeks earned Coach of the Year plaudits, after guiding the Lady Tigers to a conference title.

Ross went 16-5 in the circle and had an earned run average of 1.05. The tall righty struck out 258 opposing batters in 140.1 innings of work.

At the plate, Ross swung a mean stick. She finished the year hitting at a .370 clip while crushing three homer runs and driving in 26.

In 120 at bats Ross maintained a .564 slugging percentage.

Mason, who will be playing softball at University of the Ozarks (NCAA, Division III) next year, batted .394 out of the lead-off spot for the Lady Tigers.

She had one homer and scored 55 times while also stealing 25 bases.

Mason struck out just seven times in 127 trips to the dish.

First team honors went to Troup's Lee Ann Lloyd (first baseman/pitcher), Caitlin Tomlin (third baseman) and outfielder McKenzie Hugghins.

Miranda Flora and Dusty Neely picked up second team recognition for the Lady Tigers.

Meanwhile a pair of Troup girls, Kyndal Martin and Cheyenne Kirkland, received honorable mention lauds as well.

Other superlative winners included Sabine's Jayden Mount (Pitcher of the Year), Mikaelyn Settles of Harmony, Newcomer of the Year and Frankston's Kaitlyn Staines, who was named as the circuit’s top catcher.

Other top honorees were: Sabine's Tylia Sylestine (Offensive MVP) and McKinna Seahorn out of Harmony, who garnered the Defensive MVP accolade.



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