Landin and Huffman grab softball all-league
GYPSUM ” Eagle Valley softball doubled its pleasure in 2008.
The Devils won just four games in 2007, but upped their record to 8-11 this year. They also doubled their number of conference wins, going 4-4 in the 4A Slope.
Opposing coaches noticed.
Rachel Landin and Narci Huffman grabbed all-league honors and Kara Platt, Emily Kingston and Kelsey Andrews all made the honorable-mention roll.
The bat and the arm
Landin batted cleanup and played center field for Eagle Valley. All the junior did was lead the team in hits, walks, runs and RBIs.
“You couldn’t ask anything else of a young lady,” Eagle Valley manager Bill Beasley said. “As a coach, you couldn’t ask for anything more. I could go on and on.”
Despite such an endorsement from her coach, Landin didn’t expect the award.
“I thought it was absolutely incredible,” she said. “I didn’t see it coming because there are so many amazing players in the league. I still somewhat don’t believe it.”
Huffman was working toward all-league, and she worked. The pitcher started all 19 of Eagle Valley’s games.
“I only let one teammate help me stretch my arm,” Huffman said.
Thanks go out to Kayla Gagnon on that count.
The amazing stat with Huffman is that despite starting all of her team’s games, she walked a mere 12 batters.
“Just give her the ball,” Beasley said. “That’s a coach’s dream.”
Platt (shortstop) and Andrews (second base) changed positions this fall and thrived nevertheless. The two ended up tied for the team’s Golden Glove Award with just eight errors in 66 attempts each.
Kingston (left field) was also the model of versatility. She switched sides of the plate this season, becoming a left-handed hitter. Leading off, she did a magnificent job of setting the table, leading the team in on-base percentage.
Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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