Melissa Lady Cardinals still undefeated and at the top of the pack in District 9-4A play

By Rick Bailey
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune
Melissa's Bryton Wright (13) pitches during a game against Anna High School on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Melissa.

Melissa - The Melissa Lady Cardinals (7-0/17-1) got a couple of District 9-4A games this week and remained at the top of district play two games ahead of second place Aubrey (5-2) and Van Alstyne (4-2). 

Melissa got wins against both of their top district challengers this past week. They picked up an extra innings win 3-0 over Van Alstyne and took out the only other undefeated team in the district in a 1-0 win over Aubrey. 

On April 2 the Lady Cardinals got their first second half win in district play with an 11-0 blanking of Anna.  

Season leaders for Melissa on offense include: Batting Average - Rachel Wells .591, Emily Johnson .478, Bryton Wright .425, Autumn Bell .420, Kindred Johnson . 417, Cristie Stevenson .412 and Aeryn Shuman .359.  

Season leaders for Melissa on offense include: On Base Percentage (OBP) - Rachel Wells .654, Emily Johnson .593, Cristie Stevenson .583, Bryton Wright .574, Kindred Johnson .525, Autumn Bell .508, and Aeryn Shuman .490. 

Lady Cardinal leaders in runs scored include: Emily Johnson 29, Kindred Johnson 28, Autumn Bell 24, Rachel Wells 21, Cristie Stevenson 16, Kaitlyn Wells 13, and Aeryn Shuman 9. 

Melissa's Kaylin Wells (33) rounds second as Madison McPherson (18) waits for the ball during a game against Anna High School on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Melissa.

Melissa’s leaders in runs batted in (RBI) include: Rachel Wells 34, Kindred Johnson 19, Emily Johnson 18, Bryton Wright 18, Autumn Bell 18, Kaitlyn Wells 16, Cristie Stevenson 10 and Aeryn Shuman 6. 

Lady Cardinal leaders in extra base hits include: Doubles - Rachel Wells 7, Emily Johnson 7, Kindred Johnson 5, Kaitlyn Wells 4, Aeryn Shuman 4, Autumn Bell 4, Cristie Stevenson 1  and Bryton Wright 1, 

Lady Cardinal leaders in extra base hits include: Triples - Emily Johnson 4, Kindred Johnson 3, Autumn Bell 3, Kaitlyn Wells 1 and Rachel Wells 1.

Lady Blue Hawk leaders in extra base hits include: Home Runs - Rachel Wells 10, Bryton Wright 5, Kaitlyn Wells 3, Emily Johnson 2, Autumn Bell 1 and Cristie Stevenson 1. 

Melissa's Christie Stevenson (12) hits a home run during a game against Anna High School on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Melissa.

Junior Bryton Wright continues to be stellar on the mound for the Lady Cardinals with an impeccable 17-1 record. Wright has a 0.35 Earned Run Average (ERA) for the season combined with a 1.49 On Base Percentage Allowed (OBPA) and 174 strikeouts (which is more than 10 strikeouts per game). 

Melissa (7-0/17-1) is sitting in the top spot in the district with Aubrey (5-2/13-4) in the second spot. The remainder of the district sits at Van Alstyne (4-2/8-3), Celina (3-2/6-6), Sanger (2-4/5-12), Anna (1-6/3-10-1) and Gainesville (0-5/0-9) based on stats from MaxPreps.  

This week the Lady Cardinals travel to Celina on March 9, host Gainesville on March 13 and travel to Sanger on March 16.  

Melissa's Kaylin Wells (33) gets safely back to third base as Madison Gaston (29) tries to tag her during a game against Anna High School on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Melissa.

Anna - The Lady Coyotes are currently sitting at (1-6/3-10-1) on the season according to games reported to MaxPreps. They dropped their only game in the 11-0 loss to Melissa on April 2. 

Anna hosts Celina on April 5 and then travels to Celina on Friday, April 9. The following week the Lady Coyotes plays Sanger on April 13 and then travels to Van Alstyne on April 19.   

Melissa (7-0/17-1) is sitting in the top spot in the district with Aubrey (5-2/13-4) in the second spot. The remainder of the district sits at Van Alstyne (4-2/8-3), Celina (3-2/6-6), Sanger (2-4/5-12), Anna (1-6/3-10-1) and Gainesville (0-5/0-9) based on stats from MaxPreps. 

Melissa's Kindred Johnson (1) connects during a game against Anna High School on Friday, April 2, 2021 in Melissa.