After struggling to find their way early on, by the end of the season, the Leesville Lady Cats had found their rhythm.


After struggling to find their way early on, by the end of the season, the Leesville Lady Cats had found their rhythm.
Sparked by solid defensive play, the Lady Cats claimed a share of the District 4-4A title and earned the top seed out of the league after winning a four-team playoffs at the Johnny Downs Complex in mid-April.
And as a result, the Lady Cats picked up a share of the top honor out of the league as junior pitcher McKenna Goodwin was named the District 4-4A MVP, along with Grant junior Nancy Bunting.
Goodwin owned a record of 7-3 in league play this year, including two wins in the four-team playoff. She struck out 30 batters in district play and 104 on the season.
Offensively, Goodwin was just as solid in the leadoff spot, batting .500 in league action. For the season, she batted .528 with 14 RBIs and 28 stolen bases.
However, Goodwin wasn't the only Lady Cat named first-team all-district as junior Ashley Hoecker secured one of the outfield spots on the squad, while sophomore Chelsi Alexander made the team at utility.
Hoecker, a centerfielder, batted .423 in district play, well over 100 points better than her season mark of .299. She drove in nine runs and stole 16 bases for the Lady Cats.
Alexander batted .310 on the season and .323 in league action as she played third base, second base, shortstop, left field and catcher this year.
Goodwin was joined on the all-district pitching staff by Bunting, Alexandria's Kelly Caulk and Tioga junior Patience Stanford, while the duo of Grant's Madison Hardee and Alexandria's Annie Dungan were the all-district catchers.
Alexandria senior Georgia Lyles was named first-team all-district at first base, while the Tioga junior duo of Haley McDaniel and Hailey Crain won first-team honors at second and third base, respectively.
Grant senior Lauren Ray rounded out the first-team infield at shortstop.
Joining Hoecker in the outfield were Grant sophomore Brooke Jones and the ASH duo of Kelsey Harris and Kimber Gruehl, while Grant's Jaymee McFarland and ASH sophomore Bailey DeBona were the all-district players at designated player.
Tioga senior Cara Miley joined Alexander as a first-team utility pick.
Leesville landed a trio of infielders on the all-district second team.
Freshman Karsen Kreps was chosen at first base, while junior Haley Magee and senior Emily Berry won second-team honors at third base and shortstop, respectively.
Peabody freshman Chloe Roberts was the only pitcher selected to the second team and is joined in the batter by Tioga senior catcher Katherine Martin.
ASH sophomore Samantha Funderburk was a second-team choice at second bases, while the Tioga duo of Taylor Tarter and TiAngela Byrd were joined in the outfield by the Grant duo of Nicole Ducote and Blaine Roussell, ASH junior Erica James and Peabody junior Bianca Beverly.
Rounding out the second-team selections were Alexandria's Madeline Poole and Grant's Chelsea Durand at designated player, while Peabody junior Reotta Gaulden made the team at utility.
Brandi Kenney of Peabody was voted as the District 4-4A Coach of the Year.