It took 11 innings for a District 4-5A team to beat Richland pitcher Haley Freyman this season.
That loss to Justin Northwest was the only blemish in a dominating district performance as Freyman led the Rebels to the district title.
For her 21-4 record with 140 strikeouts, a 1.11 ERA and .406 batting average, Freyman is Player of the Year on the Star-Telegram 2014 Softball Super Team.
“In all honesty, considering the number of great players in the area, I didn’t expect anything like this,” said Freyman, whose selection was based on regular-season statistics only. “I’m one of those players that really appreciates what my teammates do behind me. They bailed me out several times this season.”
Freyman also held opponents to a .218 batting average, and she was especially effective in posting a 13-1 district record. The Rebels won their 3-5A games by an average of 5.2 runs.
Still, Richland coach Brenda Jacobson saw a difference in Freyman after the loss to Northwest.
“She was upset, no doubt about it,” Jacobson said. “But Haley has this way of getting her point across in a nice way. We just didn’t pick her up on defense and at the plate that night.”
Adds Freyman: “We had some great teams in our district. We never took a night off and you couldn’t. It seemed like every game was decided by just a couple of plays.”
Freyman went on to five postseason wins before the Rebels lost in the regional semifinals to Mansfield Timberview. She has signed with Tarleton State.
“There were several times this season when I really saw the kind of player that Haley is,” Jacobson said. “In Game 3 against Midland, we put a hitter on with a walk because the next batter up had struck out twice already.
“That batter proceeded to clean up the bases with a grand slam and Haley’s mood never changed. It was a gamble and it didn’t work out for us, but she settled in, threw three strikes and we got out of the inning and went on to win the game.”
P Haley Freyman, Sr., Richland: 21-game winner with 140 strikeouts, hit .406 this season.
P Mariah Denson, So., Mansfield Timberview: Had 18 wins in the regular season with 197 strikeouts.
P Lauren Craine, Jr., Aledo: Shook off an injury to collect 15 wins and lead the Bearcats to Class 4A state title.
INF Madison Montgomery, Jr, Burleson Centennial: Hit .580, scored 56 runs and drove in another 40.
INF Allie Arneson, So., Aledo: Hit .571 with 22 extra-base hits and 36 RBIs.
INF Grace Srichantra, Jr., Keller: Hit .533 this season for the Indians.
INF Tess Eby, Sr., Colleyville Heritage: Hit .523 with 41 RBIs and 27 extra-base hits.
OF Bailee Baldwin, Jr., Mansfield: Hit .571 in the regular season with 29 extra-base hits and 26 RBIs.
OF Krista Rude, Jr., Arlington Martin: Hit .576 with 22 stolen bases this season.
OF Tuesday DerMargosian, So., Justin Northwest: Hit .567 this year with 23 runs scored.
C Lauren Heintzelman, Sr., Southlake Carroll: Hit .486 with 12 extra bases hits this season.
DP Nyka Wood, Sr., Richland: Hit .500 in the regular season and had 34 RBIs.
P Kelso O’Brien, Jr., Weatherford: 15 wins in 2014 and 1.46 ERA and 196 strikeouts. Also hit .426.
P Lacey Mann, Fr, Arlington Martin: Had 10 wins in split duty, posted a 1.34 ERA.
P Sierra Hanes, Jr., Saginaw Chisholm Trial: Was 19-2 this season with a 1.56 ERA and 139 strikeouts.
INF Kaitlyn Alderink, Jr., Keller: Hit .494 with 32 RBIs this season.
INF Shannon Rhodes, So., Brewer: Hit .480 with eight homers and a 1.420 OPS.
INF Patricia Laredo, Fr., FW South Hills: Hit .482 with 37 RBIs and 14 extra-base hits. Had a .931 fielding percentage.
INF Victoria Quinn, So., Saginaw Chisholm Trail: Hit .522 with seven homers and 37 RBIs.
OF Reagan Wright, Jr., Mansfield Legacy: The Texas Tech commit hit .536 splitting time at catcher and center field.
OF Victoria Jetton, Jr., Arlington Martin: Hit .514 with 29 RBIs in 2014.
OF Mary Kate Lenth, Jr., Saginaw: Hit .451 this season with 12 extra-base hits and 30 RBIs.
C Liz Konig, Sr., Weatherford: Had fielding percentage of .991, having given up only one stolen base. Hit .372 with 26 RBIs and 16 doubles.
DP Valerie Page, So., Hurst Bell: Had 36 stolen bases in 2014 and hit .460.