It is Softball America’s first ever NCAA Division I All-American Team and Hallsville graduate Julie Rawls is a part of it.
The University of Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns junior catcher was named to the honorable mention team. Rawls, who started and played in 55 games, finished with a .360 batting average. In 136 trips to the plate, she had 49 hits, nine of which were doubles and 10 were homers. She drove home 49 runs, scored 42 times, walked 40 times and stole 12 bases.
The left-handed batter led the Ragin’ Cajuns in RBIs and walks.
She was one of two Louisiana players selected to the team. Louisiana finished 52-6 overall and 25-0 in the Sun Belt Conference.
■ Randi Phillips (Harleton) helped the University of Texas-Arlington win the National Invitational Softball Championship in Fort Collins, Colorado. The event was held at the Triple Crown Sports Complex.
Phillips pitched in the last two games of the NISC and was named to the All-Tournament Team. They topped Iowa State University 4-3 in the championship game and Loyola University-Marymount 6-3 in the semifinal game.
In the title game, Phillips worked 4.1 innings and did not get the decision. She allowed two earned runs on three hits. The Texas-Arlington pitcher walked three and fanned one.
She did earn the decision in the victory over Loyola-Marymount. She worked 4.1 innings in that contest as well. Phillips allowed one earned run on four hits. She fanned five and walked two. With the win, she improved to 18-14 overall. Texas-Arlington finished 36-27 overall and 17-10 in the Sun Belt Conference.
■ Jayden Mount (Sabine) was one of two University of Louisiana-Monroe softball players who hit over .300 this year. Mount, who played in all 55 games and made 54 starts, had 49 hits in 162 trips to the plate for a .302 batting average.
Of her hits, 11 were doubles and seven were homers. The junior infielder also had 36 RBIs, 30 runs scored, 15 walks and three stolen bases.
■ Justin Slaten (Hallsville) had the lowest earned run average for University of New Mexico this year. The New Mexico pitcher, who finished with a 2.51 earned run average, allowed 23 earned runs on 65 hits in 82.1 innings of work. Slaten finished 5-5 this year. In his time on the hill, Slaten finished with 98 strikeouts, which was team leading, and 36 walks.
■ Peyton Blythe (Hughes Springs), a Texas Tech freshman, had a .260 batting average. In 77 at-bats, she had 20 hits (five doubles, one homer) Blythe also had 18 runs scored, 13 walks, nine stolen bases and seven RBIs. She helped Texas Tech finish 42-16 overall and 8-10 in the Big 12 Conference.
■ Elijah Trest (White Oak) and Jacob Burton (New Diana), both University of Arkansas pitchers, are headed to the NCAA Division I Playoffs. While the pair did not pitch in the Southeastern Conference Tournament, they have been on the mound for the Razorbacks this year. Arkansas is 41-17 overall.
Trest is 1-1 and has worked 17 innings with 16 strikeouts and 16 walks. Burton does not have a record and has worked 9.1 innings with a 4.82 ERA, seven strikeouts and six walks.
This is the last College Report column of the 2018-19 school year.