Five members of the Houston High School softball team were selected to the Class 2 District 3 team.
Pitcher Emily Harrison, catcher Belle Knarr, infielders Taylor Franklin and Lizzy Swindell and outfielder Tommi Franklin were among the 14 players honored. The Lady Tigers led the district with five selections, followed by Gainesville with four all-district players and Willow Springs with three.
Harrison, who hadn’t pitched before her senior season, threw complete games in both of Houston’s district games. She allowed just one hit in an 11-1 victory against Plato in the opening round. Harrison struck out five and walked two in the game.
Knarr, who returned for her final season after missing all of 2012 following an automobile accident, homered in the Lady Tigers’ 6-5 semifinal loss to Gainesville. She batted .311 with eight RBIs in her senior season.
Taylor Franklin, a senior shortstop, had two hits and scored three times in two district games. She hit .413 this season and led HHS in steals (24), doubles (eight) and runs (34).
Swindell, a junior first baseman, knocked in four runs in districts and led the Lady Tigers with 37 RBIs. She batted .431 and tied for the team lead with three triples
Tommi Franklin, a freshman left fielder, was 3-for-3 with a home run and three steals in Houston’s district-opening victory against Plato. She batted a team-best .456 and was second on the team with 17 steals and 23 runs.
Willow Springs beat Gainesville 2-0 in the district championship game. The Lady Bears beat Hartville in sectionals before losing 20-0 to Kelly in Saturday’s quarterfinal.
Houston finished with an 11-10 record.
Members of the Class 2 District 3 softball team:
P –– Emily Durnell, sr., Willow Springs; Emily Harrison, sr., Houston
C –– Belle Knarr, sr., Houston; Kyla Head, jr., Gainesville
IF –– Talia Rose, jr., Gainesville; Taylor Franklin, sr., Houston; Madison Strong, soph., Gainesville; Lizzy Swindell, jr., Houston; Bethany Sherbo, soph., Willow Springs; Abby Britt, soph., Gainesville
UTIL –– Sammie Sons, sr., Mountain Grove
OF –– Tommi Franklin, fresh., Houston; Darby Hines, jr., Willow Springs; Allison Calvillo, fresh., Mountain Grove