Five members of the Houston High School softball team were honored for their standout seasons with selections on the all-district team.
Representing the Lady Tigers among the players in Class 2 District 8 were seniors Olivia Woosley, Lizzy Swindell and Kylee Elmore, junior Autumn Walker and sophomore Tommi Franklin.
Woosley, a shortstop who returned after missing last season with two torn ACLs, was the offensive catalyst for Houston. She batted a team-best .439 and her 50 runs scored were 18 more than the next-highest teammate. She also knocked in 19 runs and stole 10 bases.
Woosley was hit by 10 pitches this season to earn a spot in the Missouri State High School Activities record books. Only three players have been plunked more times in a season. The record is 14 set by Kristen Gardner of East Newton in 2014.
Swindell, a first baseman, was second in batting with a .430 average while leading the Lady Tigers in doubles (13) and RBIs (42). Swindell also tied for the team lead with three triples and was third with 31 runs scored.
Elmore, who joined the team for the first time as a senior, was the starting pitcher in all 26 games for HHS. She won 13 games, including two in the district tournament.
Walker, a second baseman, batted .345 with a .515 on-base percentage at the top of the HHS offense. She was second on the team with 32 runs scored and tied for the team lead with 16 walks. She was also among the team leaders with 18 runs batted in.
Franklin batted .333 and was second on the team with 26 RBIs as Houston’s clean-up hitter. She led the Lady Tigers with two home runs – both in district play.