Lady Cardinals roll in softball playoffs with 22-0 win over Carrollton Ranchview

By Rick Bailey
For the Anna-Melissa Tribune

Team to face Hillsboro in area round

Melissa - The Melissa Lady Cardinals (23-1) ranked 4th in Class 4A by the Texas High School Girls Coaches Association effectively took out the Carrollton Ranchview Wolves in the Bi-District round of the UIL Class 4A playoffs in a single game elimination by the score of 22-0. 

The Lady Cardinals (23-1) went into the playoffs as the champion of  District 9-4A. Van Alstyne (14-4) went into the playoffs as the second seed and faced off against Ferris (13-12). The Lady Panthers eliminated Ferris 2-1 (4-0, 3-4, 3-1) in the three game series. Van Alstyne will face Alvarado (7-14-1) in a one game elimination on May 8. 

Melissa will face Hillsboro (8-13) in a one game playoff on May 6. The Lady Cardinals (23-1) will face the third place team from District 11-4A in hopes to continue this playoff run. 

Celina (11-9) was the third place representative from District 9-4A and took on Midlothian Heritage (14-16-1) in a three game series. The Lady Bobcats eliminated Heritage 2-1 (6-0, 12-13, 11-9). Celina will face Venus (16-5-1) in a single game elimination on May 8. 

 Aubrey (18-7) represented the district in the fourth spot and swept Kennedale (14-8-3) two games straight (4-3, 4-1) in the bi-district round. The Lady Chaps will now face Godley (9-7) in a one game playoff on May 7.  

Season leaders for Melissa on offense include: Batting Average - Rachel Wells .606, Emily Johnson .500, Kindred Johnson . 479, Autumn Bell .467, Bryton Wright .452, Cristie Stevenson .370, Aeryn Shuman .357 and Kailyn Wells .298. All stats from MaxPreps. 

Season leaders for Melissa on offense include: On Base Percentage (OBP) - Rachel Wells .667, Emily Johnson .618, Bryton Wright .575, Kindred Johnson .563, Autumn Bell .545, Cristie Stevenson .541, Aeryn Shuman .514 and Kailyn Wells .444. All stats from MaxPreps.

Lady Cardinal leaders in runs scored include: Emily Johnson 42, Kindred Johnson 41, Autumn Bell 34, Rachel Wells 31, Cristie Stevenson 25, Kaitlyn Wells 20, Aeryn Shuman 19, Lily Dye 18 and Emmah Ellis 13. All stats from MaxPreps.

Melissa’s leaders in runs batted in (RBI) include: Rachel Wells 47, Kindred Johnson 32, Emily Johnson 29, Bryton Wright 29, Autumn Bell 27, Cristie Stevenson 19, Kaitlyn Wells 19, Aeryn Shuman 14 and Lily Dye 10. All stats from MaxPreps.

Lady Cardinal leaders in extra base hits include: Doubles - Emily Johnson 12, Rachel Wells 11, Kindred Johnson 9, Autumn Bell 7, Aeryn Shuman 6,  Bryton Wright 5, Kaitlyn Wells 4 and Cristie Stevenson 2. All stats from MaxPreps.

Lady Cardinal leaders in extra base hits include: Triples - Emily Johnson 6, Kindred Johnson 3, Autumn Bell 3, Kaitlyn Wells 2, Cristie Stevenson 1 and Rachel Wells 1.

Lady Blue Hawk leaders in extra base hits include: Home Runs - Rachel Wells 12, Bryton Wright 6, Kaitlyn Wells 3, Emily Johnson 2, Autumn Bell 2, Cristie Stevenson 2 and Kindred Johnson 1. All stats from MaxPreps.

Junior Bryton Wright continues to be stellar on the mound for the Lady Cardinals with an impeccable 23-1 record. Wright has a 0.29 Earned Run Average (ERA) for the season combined with a .098 batting average against (OBA),  1.49 On Base Percentage Allowed (OBPA) and 237 strikeouts (average of 9.87 strikeouts per game), 13 shut out games, 7 no hitters, 4 perfect games. All stats from MaxPreps.