Athens Review, Athens, Texas

July 1, 2014

BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL: Best of East Texas

Henderson County area athletes recognized by Tyler Morning Telegraph

Joe Elerson
The Athens Review

Athens — Athletes from across Henderson County were recognized for their accomplishments on the All-East Texas baseball and softball teams.

The teams are picked by writers from the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

There was one first team selection in Athens graduate Garrett Conley among the 13 players selected from Henderson County.

The pitcher and second baseman had a solid year for the Hornets as the leadoff hitter in the lineup.

Conley finished his senior year with a .361 batting average. He had 42 runs scored and 20 runs batted in for the co-district champions.

He led in the team in singles with 29 and doubles with 12.

He had a .903 fielding percentage with 43 putouts and 50 assists.

The remaining selections for Athens were named honorable mention.

Those players were junior shortstop Travis Takata, senior outfielder Daniel Mossberger and senior first baseman Lance Funkhouser.

Takata wrapped up the season with a .367 batting average in the number three spot in the lineup.

He had 28 runs scored and 21 runs batted in for the Hornets.

He led the team in walks with 17 and was second in doubles with 11.

At shortstop, Takata had a .896 fielding percentage with 59 putouts and 61 assists.

Mossberger finished the year with a .821 fielding percentage in left field with 21 putouts in 28 chances.

At the plate, he finished the year with a .276 batting average with 15 runs scored and 18 runs batted in while batting in the bottom third of the lineup.

Funkhouser finished the year with a .351 batting average in the middle of the lineup. He had a team leading 25 runs batted in and 11 runs scored.

At first base, he had a .960 fielding percentage with 159 putouts in 177 chances. He also helped turn 13 double plays.

The Brownsboro Bears had two selections to the team as senior Ryan Covington and Cory Dodds were named honorable mention.

The Athens Lady Hornets had four players selected to the honorable mention team this year.

Those players were freshman pitcher Kristin House, senior designated player Josee McNeece, freshman outfielder Sam Smith and junior shortstop Haley Durden.

In 21 games this season, House batted .312 with 18 RBI and 16 runs scored in the number three spot in the lineup. She was third on the team in stolen bases with five.

McNeece had a solid year as the designated player with a .397 batting average. She had 13 RBI and 17 runs scored for the Lady Hornets.

She was second on the team in stolen bases with 13 and had a .964 fielding percentage.

Smith had a .326 batting average in 13 games with 13 RBI and 10 runs scored. She finished the year tied for second in triples with two.

Durden had a strong season in the leadoff spot for coach Morgan Harpole.

She finished the year with a .361 batting average in 21 games according to maxpreps.com.

She had three RBI and 35 runs scored. She led the team in stolen bases with 14 and had a .916 fielding percentage at shortstop.

Brownsboro had three selections on the honorable mention team in junior McKenzie Chambers, junior Maddie Timmerman and sophomore Madison Alexander.

Chambers had a .281 batting average with nine runs scored and 10 runs batted in as a centerfielder.

Timmerman led the way at the plate with a .459 batting average, while Alexander had a .365 batting average this season.