Clark, Day, Martin headline 23-6A All-District picks


PEARLAND — Pearland head softball coach Laneigh Clark was honored by her 23-6A coaching peers as the district "Coach of the Year" after leading a very young and inexperienced softball team to a district co-championship with cross-town cousin Dawson, who was the defending 23-6A champion.

Clark has been at the helm of the Pearland softball program since 1998 and is the winningest Class 6A coach in Texas and is the second winningest coach of all classes. Clark is only one of three Texas high school softball coaches with over 600 career victories.

The Lady Oilers finished 23-12 this past season so Clark now has a career mark of 682-433-5. Her Pearland coaching record is 575-197. She will no doubt cross the 700 career record next season.

Clark entered the 2019 season with only eight seniors with limited playing experience. The team responded well to the guidance of Clark and her coaching staff to compete at a high performance level.

Dawson senior pitcher Courtney Day was selected as the District 23-6A "Most Valuable Player" after she led the Lady Eagles to a share of the league title and a third round playoff series.

Day hit .561 while going 46-for-98 with 15 runs, 43 RBIs, 12 doubles, one triple, and 10 home runs. She pitched 125 innings with 178 strikeouts for a 1.06 ERA.

Pearland junior Riley Martin was named district "Newcomer of the Year" after she hit .455 and was 20-of-44 at the plate. She scored 19 runs with 11 RBIs, two doubles, and 12 stolen bases.

The Lady Oilers had five named to the All-District first-team. They were:

Senior pitcher Alyssa Fort who pitched 71.2 innings for a 1.07 ERA and a 10-3 record with 93 strikeouts. Fort hit .255 going 14-of-55 with two runs scored, 16 RBIs, two doubles, and one triple.

Junior second baseman Maddison Guillen hit .346 and was 18-of-52 at the plate with 13 runs scored, 18 RBIs, three doubles, one triple, and three home runs.

Sophomore outfielder Gabby Davila hit .368 and was 21-of-57 at the plate with 14 runs scored, eight RBIs, one double, two triples and 15 stolen bases.

Junior designated player Kayla Gonzalez was 14-of-44 hitting with a .318 batting average. She had seven RBIs, 14 runs scored, three doubles, and one triple.

Junior at-large position was Bridgette Verchiens who hit .344 and was 22-of-64 at the plate with 14 runs scored, four RBIs, two doubles, and 12 stolen bases.

Named to the All-District second-team for Pearland included: sophomore Bella Rodriquez and senior Natalie Myers

Dawson had four All-District first-team selections including:

Sophomore catcher Olivia Johnson who was 32-of-69 at the plate for a .469 batting average. She had 18 runs scored, 22 RBIs, five doubles, two triples, and three home runs.

Senior at-large infielder Brooke Tolar was 22-of-62 for a .355 batting average that included 19 runs scored, 15 RBIs, five doubles, one triple, and one home run.

Senior outfielder Payton Ellermann hit .390 going 32-of-82 that included 25 runs scored, 22 RBIs, and nine doubles.

Senior at-large position was Madison Smith who hit .404 going 21-of-52 with 14 runs scored, eight RBIs, and three doubles.

Named to the All-District second-team for Dawson included: senior Kyra Lunford, junior Kirsten Williams, senior Katelyn Day, and sophomore Hannah De La Rosa.

Pearland closed out the 2019 season with a 23-12 mark while Dawson was 20-12.

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Peyton Ellerman
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Bridgett Verchiens
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Madison Smith
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Brooke Toler
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Madison Guillen
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Riley Martin
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Courtney Day
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Alyssa Fort
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Kayla Gonzalez
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Gabby Davila
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Olivia Johnson
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Laneigh Clark