window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; function gtag(){dataLayer.push(arguments);} gtag('js', new Date()); gtag('config', 'UA-29484371-30');
Wednesday , November 14 2018
Home | Tag Archives: softball

Tag Archives: softball

UTEP Softball’s Clayton Named NFCA All-Region South

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – More awards keep coming as The National Fastpitch Coaches Association announced UTEP softball great Courtney Clayton to the 2018 NFCA Division I All-Region South second team on Thursday.

Clayton, who recently graduated with a health promotion degree from the University of Texas at El Paso, earned her second postseason accolade after being named All-Conference USA first team on May 8.

The NFCA All-Region honor is Clayton’s second as she was named to the 2016 NFCA All-Region South third team.

The native of Cornelius, Ore., led the Miners in just about every offensive category. Clayton’s senior season proved special as she led the team in batting (.413), at bats (172), hits (71), runs (42), doubles (15), triples (four), home runs (eight), RBI (32), total bases (118), slugging (.686) and on-base percentage (.455).

Clayton’s .413 batting average is currently leading C-USA and has a chance of winning the batting title, while it is the fourth best single-season batting average in school history. Clayton’s 71 hits are ranked third in C-USA, while her 2018 total is ranked third most hits during a single season in program history. Clayton is also the only Miner to produce multiple 70-plus hit seasons, as she tallied a program record 79 knocks in 2016. Clayton also joins Camilla Carrera and Chelsea Troupe to record multiple .400-plus average seasons.

Clayton produced great numbers during the season and really stepped it up the last five games of her collegiate career. Clayton hit .588 (10-17) with eight runs, three RBI, two doubles and a home run against Texas Tech and LA Tech. During the LA Tech series sweep, Clayton went a combined 7-for-10 with a home run, six runs and three RBI.

Clayton started all 210 games during her career, while her 210 consecutive starts ranks second all-time in program history. Clayton finishes her UTEP career ranked no. 1 in assists (386), at bats (688), sacrifice flies (eight) and most times reached base on error (32). Clayton ranks second on the program’s hit’s list (251) and double’s list (53). Clayton’s 26 career home runs rank fourth, while her 118 career RBI also rank no. 4.

Clayton joins other C-USA student-athletes as Florida Atlantic’s Emily Lochten (first team), Mia Olson (second team), Madisyn Palmer (second team) and Tatum Buckley (third team), and UTSA’s Bailee Baldwin (second team) were announced to the NFCA All-Region South team.

Clayton also joins Carrera, Troupe and Stacie Townsend as repeat NFCA All-Region honorees.

Hanks Softball Team Leads Effort to Help Houston Area Softball Teams

The Hanks High School softball team, along with Coach Shelly Prather, extended a helping hand to softball players over 750 miles away.

The team gathered and donated softball equipment for softball teams who lost everything during Hurricane Harvey in the Houston area.

Coach Prather responded to an email that was sent to all Texas softball coaches from Houston Coach Billy Hicks. He was seeking help for teams who lost everything during the recent hurricane.

Coach Prather was the point of contact in El Paso and reached out area coaches in hopes of gathering items such as cleats, sweats, bags, gloves, balls, chalk, etc.  Del Valle, Riverside, Franklin, Jefferson and Montwood high schools assisted the Lady Knights with this task. They gathered all equipment and made an inventory sheet of the donations.

The coach planned to fly to Amarillo, rent a Penske truck and travel east. When Coach Prather responded to his email, Coach Hicks decided to change his plans and start his trip in El Paso.

Coach Hicks was surprised with the donations he received from the El Paso area. The team assisted Hicks with loading the Penske truck on October 17 and he continued his journey across Texas, making stops in Pecos, Monahans, Big Lake, Midland and the Dallas area.

Coach Hicks is a retired teacher/coach/administrator, but is still very active in the world of softball.