Super Centex softball 2019

Crawford junior Makenzie Dunbar came up with the game-winning hit in the Class 2A state championship game to earn the state tournament MVP award and now Super Centex Player of the Year honors.

Softball coaches have to make tough decisions, especially in the late innings when the game is on the line. Do you play a hunch or go by the book?

When Thorndale had two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning against Crawford in the state championship game last month, the Lady Bulldogs had to decide what to do with Kyla Mach at bat, Grace Powell standing on second and first base open. Thorndale chose to send Mach to first with an intentional walk.

That brought Crawford junior Makenzie Dunbar to the plate in an aggressive mood with a chance to win the game.

“I was definitely like, ‘Wow! Okay,’ ” Dunbar said. “They don’t believe in me, but I’m going to show them that they should’ve been a little bit more careful.”

Crawford coach Kirk Allen told Dunbar to make the Lady Dogs pay and she delivered. Dunbar drilled a 1-1 pitch over the Thorndale left fielder’s head, scoring Powell from second to win the state title and sending the Lady Pirates into a hysterical celebration.

Dunbar also pitched the last three-plus innings of the state final, holding back Thorndale and giving Crawford the chance to erase a four-run deficit. That’s how, on her 18th birthday, Dunbar claimed a Class 2A state championship gold medal with her teammates and earned the state tournament MVP honor.

The Crawford junior batted .564 with 25 extra-base hits and 52 RBIs. Dunbar went 19-0 in the circle with a 0.49 ERA and struck out 168 opposing batters. Those impressive stats and her state tournament performance elevated the Lady Pirates pitcher/infielder to Super Centex Softball Player of the Year status.

Crawford (36-3) proved resilient this season. The Lady Pirates suffered a pair of key injuries as center fielder Peyton Elmore and second baseman Courtney Allen were knocked out with ACL injuries before the campaign started.

Even so, Dunbar sensed it could still be a special year.

“I had a feeling since the very beginning, even with them out, I felt like everyone had the attitude that we needed to make it to state and win it,” Dunbar said.

While Allen maneuvered to get the right personnel in place during the season, he knew he could count on some of the most important spots on the field.

“When you’re pitching and catching, you have a chance to win every game, especially when I’m pitching Cambree (Aguirre) and Makey (Dunbar),” Allen said. “They didn’t care who was out there playing with them. It didn’t matter. We’re going to win.”

Dunbar stood out among a worthy group of Super Centex Player of the Year candidates, including teammate Mach, Midway pitcher Jazmine Gendorf, Robinson pitcher Emilie Hoelscher and Bosqueville catcher Victoria Mosqueda.

Coach of the Year: Cheryl Urbanovsky, Reicher

When the Reicher Lady Cougars began this softball season, the players were obsessed with a singular goal — win state or bust.

Coach Cheryl Urbanovsky led Reicher to a state runner-up season in 2018, her first at the helm. But she knew to be one game better this time around, her squad would have to have patience along with some versatility.

“I was like, ‘Let’s have smaller goals and work to that goal,’ ” Urbanovsky said. “But, no, I couldn’t talk them out of it.”

Super Centex softball 2019

CHERYL URBANOVSKY

Coach, Reicher

After state tournament run in 2018, led Lady Cougars to the championship this spring.

The Reicher coach tried a different tactic. Since she had a limited roster of around 13 players, she decided to improve the team’s versatility.

“Our small goals were to try to make each player better,” Urbanovsky said. “I asked each kid to try to learn three positions. We never knew what kind of situation we were going to get ourselves into.”

That allowed Reicher to fill needs at first base and in the outfield that proved vital.

The Lady Cougars, who posted a 17-7 season, reached their fever pitch just in time for the state tournament. Reicher defeated Lubbock Christian, 4-1, in the state semifinals, then dismantled The Woodlands Christian, 10-2, for the TAPPS Division III state championship.

In doing so, Urbanovsky earned the Super Centex Coach of the Year award. She had the Lady Cougars in such good shape that, by their final few games, the coach hardly had to say anything to her charges.

“They were ecstatic,” Urbanovsky said. “Even trying to talk to them during the game, they were like, ‘Okay, Coach,’ and then they would just go do their thing. I thought, ‘Well, they’ve got it.’ ”

Newcomer of the Year: Madison Runyan, West

West coach Guyla Smith has had plenty of great players on her Lady Trojans rosters in her 29 years leading the program. But, off the top of her head, the list of freshmen who could handle starting in the infield on the varsity team was a very short one.

She listed Madison Runyan, current Baylor senior Maddison Kettler and a couple of others as athletes who were up to the task.

Super Centex softball 2019

MADISON RUNYAN

Fr, West

Slap-bunt specialist also showed the ability to read defenses, legged out 9 triples.

Runyan batted .633 with 62 hits, 9 triples and 8 doubles while hitting in the leadoff hole for West this season. That performance earned her the Super Centex Newcomer of the Year honor.

She filled the slap-bunting need West had at the top of the batting order.

“(Runyan was) able to read the defense pretty good,” Smith said. “Coming in as a freshman, usually it takes a year or two for them to be able to do that. She was able to know whether to hit away or to push or to bunt. When defenses did play up, she would try to hit the ball a little harder.”

As for the freshman’s perspective, Runyan said her teammates made her feel comfortable very quickly this season. By the time Rogers defeated West in the second round of the playoffs, Runyan didn’t want it to end.

“I want to at least make it to the third round,” Runyan said. “We got knocked out the second round and I feel like we could have gotten farther. I feel like we could’ve beaten that team.”


2019 TRIBUNE-HERALD SUPER CENTEX SOFTBALL TEAM

Player of the Year: Makenzie Dunbar, Jr, Crawford
Coach of the Year: Cheryl Urbanovsky, Reicher
Newcomer of the Year: Madison Runyan, Fr, West
FIRST TEAM
PlayerClAvg.RBIsSchool
C Victoria MosquedaSo.50054Bosqueville
C Hannah BoettcherSo.53334Reicher
IF Kyla MachJr.59668Crawford
IF Kaci DonaldsonSr.43441Lorena
IF Amanda MarekSr.52060Robinson
IF Emry McDonoughSo.54651Bosqueville
OF Camryn CollierSr.38019Midway
OF Ashlyn WachtendorfSo.4319Lorena
OF Jordyne ReeseJr.55820West
DH Gabby OliverSr.47635McGregor
UT Kayleigh HannahSr.52233West
PitcherClW-LERASchool
SP Makenzie DunbarJr19-00.49Crawford
SP Emilie HoelscherSr20-51.80Robinson
SP Jazmine GendorfSr12-51.57Midway
SP Emilee WadeSo20-72.03Bosqueville
SP Kennedy ParkerSo16-61.44Mart
SECOND TEAM
PlayerClAvg.RBIsSchool
C Grace PowellSo.45222Crawford
C Shelby CarterSr.38742Robinson
IF Kylie FletcherSr.45145Whitney
IF Avery WardSr.50934Crawford
IF Beronica De Los RiosJr.50029University
IF Kadyn TrochimSr.30814Midway
OF Tyra SadlerSr.45319Valley Mills
OF Stephanie SchmidtSr.39215Clifton
OF Brighton BainJr.47028Mart
DH Taylor StephensSr.43640Robinson
UT Callie PooreSr.42933Whitney
PitcherClW-LERASchool
SP Elisabeth PaulJr13-52.07China Spring
SP Maddy GonzalesSr7-22.81Reicher
SP Cambree AguirreSr16-32.31Lorena
SP Kenzie SeelyJr20-71.87Whitney
SP Katelyn WorleySr10-23.16Frost
HONORABLE MENTION
Emiley Carnes and Natalie Martinez, Bruceville-Eddy; Emma Tatsch, China Spring; Cece Villa, Crawford; Kyra Cerda, Kinsley Fuller, Sydney Woods and Jimena Perez, Frost; Autumn Bell and Alexis Nava, Lorena; Faith Fernandez and McKenley Clark, Midway; Madison Knox, McGregor; Bri Hapenney, Emmie Hack and McKayla Young, Reicher; Taylor Strain, Robinson; Bekah Parks, Teague; Baylee Short and Mercedez Luna, University; Rachel Merchant and Courtney Wiethorn, Vanguard.

Super Centex softball 2019

VICTORIA MOSQUEDA

So, Bosqueville

Hit 7 home runs, claimed district Defensive Player of the Year honor as backstop.

VICTORIA MOSQUEDA

So, Bosqueville

Lady Bulldogs catcher hit 7 home runs, claimed district Defensive Player of the Year honor.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

HANNAH BOETTCHER

So, Reicher

Catcher drove in 34 runs, earned all-state tournament team honor for champs.

HANNAH BOETTCHER

So, Reicher

Catcher drove in 34 runs, earned all-state-tournament team honor on the way to state title.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

KYLA MACH

Jr, Crawford

Infielder piled up 11 home runs, 68 RBIs while helping Lady Pirates win state title.

KYLA MACH

Jr, Crawford

Infielder piled up 11 home runs, 68 RBI on the way to helping Lady Pirates win state championship.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

KACI DONALDSON

Sr, Lorena

Clutch 3B capped stellar 4-year run with 28 career homers, 10 as senior.

KACI DONALDSON

Sr, Lorena

Clutch-hitting third baseman finished stellar four-year run with 28 career homers, 10 as a senior.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

AMANDA MAREK

Sr, Robinson

Rockettes infielder posted .995 slugging pct., blasted 17 home runs, drove in 60.

AMANDA MAREK

Sr, Robinson

Rockettes infielder posted .995 slugging percentage, blasted 17 home runs, drove in 60 runs.

 
Super Cen Tex softball 2019

EMRY McDONOUGH

So, Bosqueville

Lady Bulldogs shortstop produced 32 extra-base hits, scored 55 runs with 51 RBIs.

EMRY McDONOUGH

So, Bosqueville

Lady Bulldog shortstop produced 32 extra-base hits, scored 55 runs with 51 RBI.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

CAMRYN COLLIER

Sr, Midway

Colo. State-bound Pantherette very productive in district, batting .449 with 7 doubles.

CAMRYN COLLIER

Sr, Midway

Colorado State-bound Pantherette was especially productive in district play, batting .449 with 7 doubles.

 
Super Cen Tex softball 2019

ASHLYN WACHTENDORF

So, Lorena

Center fielder posted 40 hits, scored 44 runs, went all season without error on defense.

ASHLYN WACHTENDORF

So, Lorena

Lady Leopards centerfielder posted 40 hits, scored 44 runs, went all season without an error on defense.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

JORDYNE REESE

Jr, West

Outfielder had almost 2 hits per game, scored 29 runs to fuel Lady Trojans.

JORDYNE REESE

Jr, West

Outfielder had almost two hits per game and scored 29 runs to fuel Lady Trojan offense.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

GABBY OLIVER

Sr, McGREGOR

Played infield and outfield, swatting 14 homers and slugging 1.023 for Lady Bulldogs.

GABBY OLIVER

Sr, McGregor

Played infield and outfied along with swatting 14 home runs, slugging 1.023 for Lady Bulldogs.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

KAYLEIGH HANNAH

Sr, West

Lady Trojans power hitter slammed 10 home runs, had 29 extra-base hits in 88 at bats.

KAYLEIGH HANNAH

Sr, West

Lady Trojan power hitter slammed 10 home runs, had 29 extra-base hits in 88 at bats.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

MAKENZIE DUNBAR

Jr, Crawford

State tournament MVP went 19-0 in the circle, batted .564 with 52 RBIs in title run.

MAKENZIE DUNBAR

Jr, Crawford

State tournament MVP went 19-0 in the circle, batted .564 with 52 RBI.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

EMILIE HOELSCHER

Sr, Robinson

Ace struck out 159 in the circle while leading Rockettes to the regional final round.

EMILIE HOELSCHER

Sr, Robinson

Ace struck out 159 batters while leading Rockettes to the regional final round of the playoffs.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

JAZMINE GENDORF

Sr, Midway

Texas Southern-bound Pantherette struck out 1.6 batters per inning in district.

JAZMINE GENDORF

Sr, Midway

Texas Southern-bound Pantherette struck out 1.6 batters per inning she pitched in district.

 
Super Cen Tex softball 2019

EMILEE WADE

So, Bosqueville

Lady Bulldogs ace struck out 227, produced 44 hits while batting .478.

EMILEE WADE

So, Bosqueville

Lady Bulldogs ace struck out 227, produced 44 hits while batting .478 on offense.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

KENNEDY PARKER

So, Mart

Lady Panther tossed 4 no-hitters, 2 perfect games on her way to district MVP honors.

KENNEDY PARKER

So, Mart

Lady Panther tossed 4 no-hitters, 2 perfect games on her way to district MVP honors.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

MADISON RUNYAN

Fr, West

Slap-bunt specialist also showed the ability to read defenses, legged out 9 triples.

MADISON RUNYAN

Fr, West

Slap-bunt specialist also showed the ability to read defenses, legged out 9 triples.

 
Super Centex softball 2019

CHERYL URBANOVSKY

Coach, Reicher

After state tournament run in 2018, led Lady Cougars to the championship this spring.

CHERYL URBANOVSKY

Coach, Reicher

After state tournament run in 2018, led Lady Cougars to the championship this spring.

 
 

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