Taylor Franklin helped the Houston softball team win its first-ever district game this season. On Tuesday, she earned another first for the program.
Franklin became the first HHS softball player to receive all-state honors when she was named a second team infielder by the Missouri Softball Coaches Association.
Franklin was previously named to the all-district and all-region teams. She was also one of seven Lady Tigers to receive all-conference honors Wednesday morning.
“It’s great for the program to get recognition like this,” HHS softball coach Willy Walker said. “Even though it’s an individual award, the team has helped her achieve it. I hope more honors like this will come from their hard work and time they put into it.”
Franklin, a sophomore shortstop, hit a team-best .574 and led the Lady Tigers in home runs (three), RBIs (28), doubles (eight) and on-base percentage (.672).
She was especially good on the base paths. Franklin scored a school-record 35 times — despite missing four games with a wrist injury — and stole 29 bases.
“She aggravates other teams when she is on the base,” Walker said. “Once she gets on, she is pretty much able to score.”
Walker has said Franklin is the best female athlete at Houston High School. Her athleticism, hand-eye coordination and length give her an advantage over her peers.
“I’d say she hasn’t reached her full potential,” Walker said. “She will have to continue to work hard and even work harder. If she will make a commitment to softball, good things are going to happen for her.”
Infield — Hunter Yoakum, jr, Dixon; Torri Blythe, jr,Maysville; Katie Serbin, sr, Palmyra; Hailey Richardson, jr,Pleasant Hope; Kari Hillenburg, jr, Pleasant Hope; Elsie Greenwood,jr, Penney.
Outfield — Jessica Goetz, jr, Lafayette County; Kelsey Martin,so, Palmyra; Lizzy Mosley, jr, Pleasant Hope; Raven Loughridge, sr,Belle.
Pitchers — Kindra Henze, sr, Palmyra; Kelen Smith, jr, EastCarter; Chanel Pash, sr, Trenton; Sarah Siegismund, jr, PleasantHope.
Catchers — Alexis Van Nostrand, jr, Palmyra; Catlin Evans, jr,Pleasant Hope.
Infield — Lauren Allen, sr, Fatima; Sara Stearns, sr, PierceCity; Maddi Cox, jr, Lawson; Taylor Franklin, so,Houston; Hannah Campbell, jr, Russellville; KaylaSeabaugh, sr, St. Vincent.
Outfield — Emily Grojean, sr, Kelly; Anna Schultz, jr, BishopLeBlond; Sara Jones, so, Blair Oaks; Michelle Barnhardt, fr,Fatima.
Pitchers — Julie Schultz, sr, Highland; Madi Norman, so,Tipton; McKenzie Moreland, so, Pierce City; Nikki Lapiana, So,Penney.
Catchers — Jill Lucas, sr, Penney; Shannon Light, sr, BlairOaks.