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Azle softball ace earns second straight top honor on Super Team

Azle softball pitcher Sam Bradley in action during the 2016 season.
Azle softball pitcher Sam Bradley in action during the 2016 season.

She’s a two-time district Pitcher of the Year, on a two-time district championship team, and she has 35 wins, 25 home runs and 115 RBIs in the past two seasons.

That’s on the résumé for Azle senior Sam Bradley.

Now add two-time Star-Telegram Super Team Player of the Year to the list, after Bradley won 17 regular-season games, struck out 203, hit nine home runs and drove in 46 runs.

“It made me extremely happy and proud that I was selected again to be Player of the Year, and it just made me realize that all of the hard work and practice I have put into everything is paying off and being recognized,” Bradley said.

After every season I still feel like there was something I could have done better, but I feel like I ended my senior year on a high note.

Azle’s Sam Bradley

Bradley, a Louisiana-Lafayette signee, won the award last season after going 13-1 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs in the regular season.

“I always set high goals for myself every season, and after every season I still feel like there was something I could have done better, but I feel like I ended my senior year on a high note,” Bradley said.

She was off to a quick start. In the season opener against Arlington Bowie, she had two home runs and eight RBIs. She had at least one RBI in the first four games and struck out 25 batters in her first two starts.

“I’ve been playing with Sam since the fifth grade, and we have made so many unforgettable memories together,” Azle senior Bailee Carter said. “She’s always been a hard worker and very dedicated to the game. She puts in countless hours of extra work at home.”

Bradley had a no-hitter on March 3 against Springtown, and hit three home runs against Saginaw Chisholm Trail on April 12.

She was always our rock because we could depend on her to pick us up when we were down.

Azle sophomore Logan Graham, on teammate Sam Bradley

“Playing with Sam was a blast, she was always our rock because we could depend on her to pick us up when we were down and we could count on her to be there for us no matter what,” Azle sophomore Logan Graham said.

Bradley missed four games during district because of a sprained ankle, but she returned in time to help the Hornets (28-8) win their third straight district title in Class 5A.

She finished with 11 home runs, 13 doubles and 55 RBIs this season. In her four-year career, she batted .461 with 27 home runs, 38 doubles, 166 RBIs and 100 runs in 128 games.

“I have dreamed of playing at Azle since I was 7 years old, so it has been an amazing experience getting to play for them, and being a part of this community,” Bradley said. “I will cherish all the memories with my team, the always supportive community here in Azle, and the lifelong friends that I have made.”

The Hawks rallied twice to beat Gregory-Portland, 8-7, to win the UIL Class 5A championship.

First team

P Sam Bradley, Sr., Azle: Went 17-4 for 5-5A champs with 1.15 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 128 innings. Also hit nine home runs with 12 doubles and 46 RBIs.

P Kaylee Rogers, Sr., Keller: Went 19-3 with 1.35 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 124  2/3 innings. Finished 29-5 and was an all-tournament pick at state after winning UIL Class 6A state title.

P Kylee Foster, Sr., Keller Timber Creek: Won 15 games with a 1.67 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 129  2/3 innings.

P Paxton Scheurer, Soph., Mansfield: 8-6A MVP went 21-5 with a 1.94 ERA and 252 strikeouts in 151  1/3 innings. Posted 12 shutouts and six no-hitters while hitting nine home runs.

C Reagan Wright, Sr., Mansfield Legacy: UT Arlington signee was 14-5A MVP after hitting career high 11 home runs with 40 RBIs, 44 runs, .537 batting average and 1.730 OPS.

INF Calie Burris, Jr., Birdville: 6-5A MVP hit .534 with 1.551 OPS, 10 doubles, 16 runs and led 5A state champs with six home runs and 36 RBIs.

INF Shannon Rhodes, Jr., Brewer: Oregon signee was 5-5A MVP and makes Super Team for fourth time after hitting .556 with a 1.812 OPS, 32 RBIs, 48 runs and a career high 12 home runs.

INF Bailee Carter, Sr., Azle: 5-5A Offensive MVP hit .520 with 51 hits, 33 RBIs, 56 runs, six home runs, 19 doubles and 32 walks for district champs.

INF Camryn Woodall, Jr., Keller: Utah commitment won the 5-6A MVP and batted .519 with eight doubles, four triples, two home runs, 28 RBIs, 42 hits and 28 runs scored for state champs.

OF Tuesday DerMargosian, Sr., Justin Northwest: Texas signee set school record with 41 stolen bases with a .467 average and 38 runs.

OF Caroline Adair, Sr., FW Paschal: Team highs six home runs, .493 batting average, 1.421 OPS with 31 RBIs and 42 runs for 4-6A champs.

OF Gracie Morton, Soph., Burleson Centennial: 8-5A Offensive MVP hit .604 with 55 hits, 34 RBIs, 44 runs, 16 doubles, 10 triples and 18 stolen bases.

UTIL Bailey White, Sr., Burleson Centennial: 8-5A Defensive MVP hit .449 and tied team high with 37 RBIs and 16 doubles, and scored 17 times. Committed one error in 28 games.

Top Newcomer Hayley Murrell, Fr., Burleson Centennial: Went 17-0 for 8-5A champs with a 1.78 ERA in 94 innings.

The Indians blanked Pearland, 5-0, for the UIL Class 6A championship.

Second team

P Lydia Vidales, Soph., FW Paschal: 4-6A Co-MVP went 13-3 with five saves, 2.13 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 88  2/3 innings. Hit .473 with 16 doubles, three home runs and 42 RBIs.

P Patricia Loredo, Jr., FW South Hills: 7-5A MVP went 12-4 with 1.25 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 78 innings for district champs. Hit .652 with 40 RBIs.

P Sophie Hannabas, Soph., Mansfield Legacy: 14-5A Pitcher of the Year finished 10-1 with 0.43 ERA and 46 strikeouts in 64  1/3 innings for district champs.

P Kallie Erwin, Fr., Hurst L.D. Bell: 7-6A MVP went 13-2 with 1.13 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 92  2/3 innings for district champs. Held batters to .174 average.

C Cynthia Haugh, Sr., Grapevine: 6-5A Catcher of the Year led the Mustangs with 45 RBIs, 37 runs, a .612 batting average, 1.313 slugging percentage and career-high 11 home runs.

INF Elena Garcia, Jr., Birdville: Led 6-5A champs with a .587 batting average, 1.238 slugging percentage and 1.917 OPS. Hit five home runs with nine triples, 24 RBIs and 32 runs.

INF Serenity Healy, Jr., FW Nolan Catholic: Hit eight home runs with 45 runs, 13 doubles, team highs .581 average, 1.781 OPS, six triples and 59 RBIs.

INF Abigail Stuart, Soph., Southlake Carroll: Hit .435 with team-high seven home runs, 10 doubles, 35 RBIs and 37 runs.

INF Meagan Dake, Jr., Mansfield Legacy: Hit .468 with a 1.468 OPS, 38 RBIs, 38 runs, six home runs and team high 15 doubles.

OF Angel Szymanski, Sr., Trophy Club Nelson: Hit .483 with two home runs, six triples, 41 runs, 16 stolen bases and a school-record 38 RBIs.

OF Mckenzie Schneider, Sr., Southlake Carroll: Iowa commitment hit .457 with 1.329 OPS, 48 hits, 11 doubles, seven triples, five home runs, 30 RBIs, 41 runs.

OF Brittany Jackson, Jr., Mansfield Lake Ridge: Kansas commitment hit .719 with 1.977 OPS, four home runs, 19 RBIs, 35 runs and 21 stolen bases. Had a hit in 20 of 21 games.

UTIL Tarah Hilton, Jr., Justin Northwest: Hit .527 with 13 doubles, 25 runs, 1.289 OPS and a school record 40 RBIs.

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