With a second All-State honor to her credit, Legacy’s Reagan Wright is working now to make next the next softball season a big one for the Lady Broncos.
Not only did the senior-to-be nab her second All-State selection, but she also picked up the District 14-5A Defensive Player of the Year award.
Wright said she learned of the All-State selection on June 8 on Twitter and was then informed by the Legacy coaching staff.
The catcher for the team which went to the area round finals before losing to Hallsville is working to hone her near-flawless game during the summer months.
As a member of the Texas Glory 18 Gold softball select team, Wright said she’ll be able to continue working on all aspects of her game. The Texas Glory squad will have ample opportunity to play against stiff competition as they will appear in national tournaments in Colorado, Nevada and California. The select team had recently qualified for the national tournament in California.
It seems, though, that Wright will have a hard time improving on what she was able to accomplish in her varsity season as a junior.
According to MaxPreps, Wright finished the season hitting .500 with seven home runs, 34 RBI and 14 stolen bases.
Wright also had a .620 on-base percentage and collected 14 doubles. Those totals were tops on the Legacy team.
With the entire squad returning in the spring, Wright said there’s no reason the Lady Broncos shouldn’t improve on their third-place district finish and run of three rounds deep into the playoffs.
“We’ve got the whole team coming back, and for sure we should make some headway,” Wright said.
Without seniors on last year’s squad, Wright said one of the key edicts given to her by first-year head coach Amy Prater was to be a role model and help lead by example for the younger players.
“Coach Prater told me the younger girls will be looking to the juniors as an example,” she said. “I sort of take control of the situation and make sure everyone is in line.”
And Wright’s “take charge” attitude was the right approach for the responsibility. She’ll no doubt pick up that role right where she left off when the team reassembles next season.
“I think in addition to being able to get on base, I’m one of the leaders of the team because of my personality and experience,” Wright said.
Having started softball at age 5, Wright said she’s loved it since the beginning. And, although she originally saw a little time in the outfield, she caught every game for Legacy last season.
The transition to playing for Prater wasn’t difficult, said Wright, who had the normal apprehension of the coaching change after a strong sophomore year.
“She’s really easy to get along with,” Wright said of Prater. “I think she’s great.”
Now, with an additional year of experience under her belt and a greater understanding of Prater’s system, Wright said her senior campaign should be strong.
“We won’t be such a young team, with four seniors, but still somewhat young. I’m really looking forward to my last time around and trying to go all the way,” Wright said.
Wright, with more honors likely awaiting her, has yet to make a commitment for playing in college, although she said that’s certainly in the plans.
While the summer season will help her make college contacts, Wright will be finishing her select season and will be anxious to pick up where Legacy left off.
“I’ll play during the summer and then start again later in the fall,” she said.