By Tony Adams
The Belton Wall of Honor eligibility pool grew by one for the 2017 class.
The Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 6A Softball All-State team was released last week. Belton Lady Tigers pitcher Sidney Holman and centerfielder Destynie Moore picked up All-State honors.
This was the second TGCA All-State honor for Holman and went into the 2017 eligibility pool for the Wall of Honor last season. The honor was the first for Moore and became eligible for the 2017 eligibility pool.
Holman’s story has been well documented and was a statewide force in 2016. Committed to Abilene Christian University and having authored a three perfect game streak and 57 consecutive batter retirement in the middle of the 2016 District 12-6A season, Holman set the school record for strikeouts in a season for the third consecutive year with 354 and with an earned run average of 0.50 in 181 innings. She also set the benchmark for career strikeouts with 990 in her four-year career. Her work with catchers Shelby Hitt, Bethany Edwards, Kacey Schescke and Sydney Holman has made Belton’s pitcher-catcher battery one of the most lethal in the area over the past four years.
Holman also hit .394 with three home runs. 22 runs batted in, 39 hits, 10 doubles and nine walks. She hit .325 (13-of-40) with runners in scoring position and had an on-base percentage of .450.
Moore’s story is one that has been in the making. Making her mark as Belton’s leadoff hitter in 2015 and committing to Midwestern State in Wichita Falls, she moved down into the second spot in the batting order. She made an adjustment in her batting stance that took her from struggling in her first four games hitting at the Bryan College Station Tournament to one of the most dangerous hitters in the second spot in the order. She hit .454 with 26 runs batted in, 35 runs scored, 49 hits (including 14 bunt singles, three doubled and three triples. She hit .462 (24-of-52, second on team in hits, first on team in opportunities) with runners in scoring position and had an on-base percentage of .483. Moore’s speed solidified Belton’s stellar outfield of Kendall Mraz in left field, Moore in center field and Ryleigh Jarvis in right field.
With one All-State Team yet to be voted upon (the Texas Sports Writers Association All-State Team), there may very well be several more honors bestowed on Matt Blackburn’s 2016 squad.
“Sidney and Destynie were so deserving of these honors,” Blackburn said.