Melissa’s Lady Cardinals, fresh off a school-record 23 wins, are well-represented on District 11-4A’s All-District softball team. Two sophomores from Melissa’s 2017 playoff squad earned superlative honors while six more Lady Cards garnered First-Team, Second-Team or Honorable Mention recognition. Four team members achieved Academic All-District status.
Alexis Pevehouse was named the district’s Offensive MVP and catcher Kylee Brakebill was tabbed Newcomer of the Year.
“Peve’ is an outstanding player who led us in the (pitching) circle with a school-record 19 wins,” Melissa head coach Eric Rodgers said. “She was also our lead-off batter and set the tone for so many of our games early with big hits. Most importantly, she is a great teammate, one who loves to see her fellow teammates enjoy success and celebrates those accomplishments.”
As a pitcher, Pevehouse finished last season with 200 strikeouts and a 1.97 ERA. She also led the team at the plate with a .538 batting average, including 49 hits, eight home runs, 41 RBIs and 52 runs scored.
Noting Brakebill, Rodgers said, “As a first-year varsity player, Kylee played with the confidence of a four-year starter. She manned the catching duties for the majority of the season and did a fantastic job teaming with Pevehouse. She did an outstanding job for us and is one of our hardest workers.”
Batting in the No. 2 spot, Brakebill posted a .416 batting average with 37 hits and 37 runs scored for the year.
Earning First-Team All-District honors was sophomore short stop Audrey Solomon.
“Audrey is a quiet leader who commands the respect of opposing pitchers,” Rodgers said. “Her home runs and RBIs were among the state leaders during the regular season.”
Solomon finished with a .455 batting average, with 11 home runs and 46 RBIs.
“Defensively, Audrey did a fantastic job holding down the short stop position,” Rodgers said. “She is an outstanding softball player with a great future in the sport.”
Second-Team recognition went to three Lady Cards: freshman infielder Savannah Rodriguez, sophomore outfielder Anna Fortenberry and freshman outfielder Maggie Rodgers.
“Savannah was a very nice addition to the varsity squad this year,” Rodgers said. “She eventually took over at second base and never looked back. She did a great job for us this year as a freshman infielder and I can’t wait to see what the future holds in the next three years.”
Rodriguez batted .388 and scored 20 runs while, defensively, finishing with a .910 fielding percentage, with 42 put outs and 39 assists.
“Anna is a multi-sport athlete who excels not only on the field or court but also in the classroom,” Rodgers said. “She batted over .360 this season while directing traffic in center field. Anna strives to always be her best and is one of the hardest workers in our Lady Cardinal athletic program.”
“Maggie stepped right in for the varsity and did a tremendous job patrolling left field,” Rodgers said. “She has become an asset in the outfield who throws well on the run. In the district-opener she tracked down three fly balls, including the game-winner. Like Savannah, Maggie proved to be a great addition to the varsity squad this year, and the future is bright.”
Honorable Mention Lady Card selectees included senior first baseman Becca Pittman and sophomore Macy Stewart at third base. Rodgers noted that Pittman was a four-year starter and is the only player in school history to play on three consecutive playoff teams.
“She has been an asset at first base over the years and has enjoyed success at the plate as well,” he said.
Pittman finished the 2017 campaign with a .950 fielding percentage.
As for Stewart, Rodgers said, “Macy simply goes about her business and does everything we ask her to do. Her play at third and her ability to get on base were pivotal in our early district wins versus Anna and Celina. She also helped us sweep Princeton for the first time ever with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth.”
Achieving All-Academic honors as well for Melissa were Fortenberry, Pittman, Solomon and Brakebill.