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TOP NOTCH: Granbury sophomore pitcher Allison Dafoe struck 167 batters this season.

Sophomore right-hander Allison Dafoe was named Co-Pitcher of the Year, and five Granbury Lady Pirates were honored with District 5-5A All-District softball selections by league coaches.

Dafoe struck out 167 batters over 115.1 innings of work for Granbury this season and pitched the Lady Pirates into the Class 5A playoffs. Dafoe's bat would have gotten her a first-team selection as she hit .306, knocked in 14 runs, and proved she was a crafty baserunner with 14 runs scored.

With Aledo falling one game short of the state title game in an eight-inning 3-2 loss to Georgetown, the all-district rosters were delayed until the Lady Bearcats were finished playing. With her last GHS varsity pitch coming on April 29, Dafoe has settled into select softball, and the news of her selection as Co-Pitcher of the Year came as a shock to her.

"I was surprised. Yes, I was really surprised," Dafoe said. "I know the other pitchers in our district, and they are outstanding."

Dafoe had a little time to absorb the news and admitted the selection was a shot in the arm when it came to helping her approach to pitching.

"I think the selection has helped my confidence, especially after how the season ended, which wasn't how I hoped it would be," Dafoe said.

Dafoe was referring to Granbury's season-ending playoff loss to Colleyville, where Lady Pirates learned they would need to elevate their game with better pitching and faster bats.

"I'm going to work on pitching faster and hitting my spots," Dafoe said. "And I want to get a rise-ball in my pitching selection."

FIRST TEAM

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FIRST TEAM: Third baseman Lillian Williams was a first-team honoree.

Lillian Williams and Karmyn Williams' performances this season earned first-team all-district recognition for the two GHS sluggers, and they were first and second on the team in runs batted in.

Lillian Williams' 19 RBI topped the Lady Pirates as she hit .360 and had a .585 on-base percentage. Williams also popped seven doubles.

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SAFE: Granbury catcher Karmyn Williams is a first-team All-District selection.

Williams' work at catcher was stellar this season as she had a team-high .969 fielding percentage with only six errors in 192 total chances. Williams' 24 hits were another team-high, and her bat produced 16 RBI.

SECOND TEAM

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FRESHMAN POWER: First baseman and pitcher Faith Evans made the second team.

GHS freshman first baseman and pitcher Faith Evans used a .821 fielding percentage, nine RBI, 12 runs scored and a 2-2 win-loss record to earn second-team all-district.

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SLIDING: Second-teamer Katlyn Hickey slides into second base. 

Additional second-team honorees for the Lady Pirates included Katlyn Hickey and Abbie Pruett. Hickey's .303 batting average produced 21 singles and allowed her to score 19 times. Pruett's .857 fielding percentage included just two errors, and she hit for a .321 average and 11 RBI.

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LOOKING AT HOME: Second-team honoree Abbie Pruett eyes home plate during district action.

ADDITIONAL HONORS

Abigail Stone and Brenna Haynes of GHS were named to the District 5-5A Honorable Mention roll.

Eleven Lady Pirates were named Academic All-District: Allison Dafoe, Faith Evans, McKenzie Hamilton, Brenna Haynes, Katlyn Hickey, Lauren Petty, Abbie Pruett, Abigail Stone, Bailey Stone, Karmyn Williams, and Lillian Williams.

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