Lauren Craine wasn't quite perfect this season, but it would be a challenge to find another high school pitcher in Texas who's better.
Craine and fellow recent Aledo High School graduate Allie Arneson were named to the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 5A All-State Team. They led the Ladycats to a second consecutive state championship.
Craine posted a 22-1 record this season. She accounted for almost every one of the Ladycats' (23-1) victories. Over her career, Craine posted a 77-5 record.
Arneson, who was also the District 8-5A Most Valuable Player, batted .600.
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For Craine, it is her third consecutive year to be named all-state. She has signed to pitch for the University of North Texas next season.
"That's incredibly rare," Aledo coach Jeff Lemons said. "It's just amazing. And Allie, what an incredible year she had. She's also one of the best defensive shortstops in the state with a cannon for an arm.”
He wished all of the girls on the team could be all-state.
“There's girls not on the all-state team who are some of the best at their position you'll ever find," he said.
The Ladycats were the No. 1 team in the state from start to finish. Even the ice and rain that wreaked havoc on the season didn't derail them. The only regular-season games they played were District 8-5A, and they rolled through them with a percet 14-0 record.
In the postseason, the Ladycats ran their winning streak to 44 straight before falling 4-3 to Canyon in the opening game of a best-of-three series. They came back and won the next two, starting them on a six-game winning streak to end the season.
The Ladycats finished the season ranked as high as No. 5 in the nation in at least one poll.
Craine was also named the MVP of the Class 5A State Tournament after pitching both victories. She is one of five players named to the All-State Tournament Team.
Also honored were Arneson, senior catcher Alli Ramsey, senior third baseman Riley Sartain, and junior outfielder Kadyn Kirkpatrick.
Arneson and Ramsey have been selected to play in the annual Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Softball Game this summer. They will compete for the Class 5A-6A Team on Friday, July 17.
The site of the game has yet to be decided, but game time is 10 a.m. It is preceded by a demonstration.
BROCK PLAYER ALL-STATE
Brock outfielder Cara Tolar has been named to the Class 3A All-State Team by the Texas Girls Coaches Association. The junior batted .363 with 12 doubles, 22 RBIs and 21 walks.
Tolar was also the team's winningest pitcher, posting a 9-4 record with a 3.03 earned run average, 82 strikeouts and 33 walks in 90 innings.
The Lady Eagles finished 28-6 and advanced to the regional quarterfinals.