Clark, Denham, Rodriguez, Day receive top district awards


PEARLAND — When the District 22-6A coaches met to distribute the top honors for the 2016 softball season, it came as no surprise that those recipients would either be from the Pearland Lady Oilers or the Dawson Lady Eagles as compared to the other teams in the league.

A more than deserving Laneigh Clark was named District 22-6A Coach of the Year after leading her team to the Class 6A Region III Championship and ultimately to the 6A state softball tournament where the Lady Oilers advanced to the state finals where they came up short against Keller to finish as the No. 2 state-ranked team.

Clark also achieved two monumental marks this season as her girls gave her career win No. 600 in a 15-0 thrashing of Pasadena during the regular season. Then Clark earned win No. 500 since coming to Pearland in 1998 when the Lady O's blasted North Shore 11-0 in the opening round of the playoffs.

Clark now has a 508-157 mark as the all-time winningest Pearland coach and a 615-393-5 overall coaching record.

Pearland senior All-State pitcher Alyssa Denham and Dawson senior third baseman Rylee Rodriguez were named co-MVP of the league.

Denham finished the season with a 21-3 pitching record. She pitched 149.33 innings, allowed only 21 runs, held her opponents to a .154 batting average, walked 62, and struck out 227. She had multiple combined no-hitters. She also hit .361 with three doubles, two triples, two home runs and 16 RBIs. Denham was named to the TGCA All-State team and NFCA All-Region squad. She will continue her education and playing career at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

Rodriquez has been a four-year starter for the Lady Eagles and was instrumental in leading them to a tie for second-place in 22-6A. With only four seniors on the team, the University of Texas at San Antonio signee, has been one of the reasons why Dawson has experienced great success.

Rodriguez hit .500 this season with four doubles, 31 RBIs, 24 runs scored, and seven home runs. She has always been a power-hitter as most teams would choose to walk her rather than face her powerful swing. She walked 23 times on the season.

Named Newcomer of the Year from Dawson was freshman pitcher Courtney Day who proved to be one of the top pitchers in the league with a bright future.

Day pitched 89 innings, allowed only 26 runs, and struck out 62. She also was an excellent hitter posting a .447 batting average with 11 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 17 runs scored and 26 RBIs.

Twelve players from state finalist Pearland earned honors in voting on the All-District 22-6A softball team by the league’s coaches.

First-team selections from Pearland included first baseman Sydney Gutierrez, shortstop Ashlynn Walls, and outfielders Lindsey Stewart and Kaylee Buck.

First-team selections from Dawson included at-large player Amber Langston.

Second-team selections from Pearland were pitcher Adrianna Chavarria, catcher Aileen Garcia, third baseman Natalie Romeo, outfielder Madison Clements and at-large player Janna Roberts.

Second-team selections from Dawson included pitcher Hope Schoeneman, first baseman Baylee Malone and outfielder Amber Stone.

Honorable mention selections from Pearland included designated player Kaylee Hoppens and utility player Lauren Shepherd.

Honorable mention choices from Dawson were outfielder Alexis Zarate and catcher Isabella Richey.

Other first-team selections included, from Alvin, pitcher Rachel Hertenberger, catcher Amy Alexander, third baseman Bailey Thomas, outfielder Payton Norwood, and at-large player Clarissa Baron; from Dobie, pitcher Michelle Kristoff, outfielder Yvonne Whaley, designated player Deja Mason-Gaines and at-large player Taylor Pleasants; from Manvel, catcher Caylei Allen, second baseman Cecily Macias, utility player Alexis Uresti and at-large player Julian Thomas; from Rayburn, at-large player Vanessa Childress; from Memorial, utility player Savana Mata.

Other second-team selections included, from Dobie, catcher Marissa Longoria, outfielder Allison Brazo, and at-large player Alexa Munoz; from Sam Rayburn, second baseman Ylianna Oritz; from South Houston, shortstop Sayde Rodriguez, at-large player Selma Lopez and utility player Gisselle Castillo; from Memorial, at-large player Victoria Garivey; from Alvin, at-large player Eva Pourcio; from Manvel, outfielder Baylee Allender.

Other honorable mention players included, from Alvin, designated player Dalyn Balderaz and outfielder Jordan Banda; from Dobie, third baseman Jacquelyn Garcia, second baseman, Yasmine Myers, and first baseman Alyssa Corpus; from Memorial, outfielder Miranda Green and pitchers/first basemen Dominique Garcia and Hannah Garcia; from Manvel, outfielders Alyssa Villanueva and Ariyon Woodard; from Sam Rayburn, outfielders Mikayla Tak and Serena Hernandez and pitcher Janelle Hernandez; and from South Houston, third baseman Xiamara Gomez and outfielder Lauren Lopez.

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Pearland's Lindsey Stewart.
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Pearland's Sydney Gutierrez.
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Pearland's Ashlyn Walls.
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Pearland's Kaylee Buck.
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Dawson's Courtney Day.
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Dawson's Amber Langston.