Shelby Bruner, Sr., Grapeland
Bruner was great all season for the Sandiettes, but did her best work when the lights got the brightest.
She hit all six of her home runs in 2013 during the postseason, helping Grapeland back to the regional final before the Sandiettes finally fell to Beckville.
On the year as a whole, Bruner batted an area-best .590 and had a total of 62 hits.
She also drove in 39 runs, while averaging almost an entire base per at-bat.
Courtney Lindsey, Jr., Elkhart
2013 will probably be remembered as a disappointing year for the Lady Elks, with Elkhart missing the playoffs.
But it will also be remembered as the year that Courtney Lindsey burst onto the scene for good in the Lady Elks’ outfield.
Lindsey, the District 19-2A Defensive Player of the Year, was more than solid in center, fielding at better than 96 percent with three outfield assists.
She was also strong at the plate, batting .463 and slugging better than .580 on the year. She was a Texas Girls Coaches Association and Texas Sportswriters Association all-state pick.
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Baylee Lumbreraz, Soph., Grapeland
A year ago as a freshman, Baylee Lumbreraz got limited innings behind Dogwood Circle Player of the Year Jalla Johnson.
When given her chance to shine in 2013, the Grapeland sophomore took it.
Lumbreraz was stellar for the Sandiettes all season en route to a regional finals berth. She struck out 178 in only 160 innings pitched, and seems poised to keep the Grapeland program strong into the future.
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Kimberly Hughes, Fr., Cayuga
Cayuga would, it appears, seem to have a bonafide ace on campus these days.
Only a freshman, Kimberly Hughes was huge for the Ladycats as they captured the team’s first district title under coach Magen Humphreys.
Hughes struck out an area-best 199 in only 142 innings, averaging almost a strikeout-and-a-half per inning on the year.
She held opponents to less than three runs per game as well en route to her 16 wins.