Shelbie Fickling and Zoe Lanier, who have helped hit and pitch the Hughes Springs Lady Mustangs to more than 100 softball wins the past four seasons, locked up their college futures on Wednesday by signing national letters-of-intent – the third and fourth players from this year’s team to sign on the dotted line.
Fickling, an outfielder who has a career .420 batting average, signed with Trinity Valley Community College, while Lanier, a dominant pitcher in softball and a force at the net in volleyball, will play both sports at Centenary College.
Fickling has 35 career doubles, six triples 11 home runs, 137 RBI, 133 runs scored and is 23 of 24 on stolen base attempts. A consistent threat the the plate, Fickling hit .424 as a freshman, .418 with five home runs and 41 RBI as a sophomore, .413 with three home runs and 40 RBI as a junior and is hitting .414 with seven doubles, three triples, three home runs, 36 RBI and 38 runs scored this season after one playoff series.
Lanier is 56-8 in the circle in her career with 240 strikeouts and 98 walks in 292 innings pitched. She was 17-4 with a 1.49 earned run average and 84 strikeouts as a freshman, 17-1 with a 1.48 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 94 innings as a sophomore and 15-3 with a 2.78 ERA and 48 strikeouts in 78 innings as a junior.
In 2019, Lanier is unbeaten in the circle (7-0) with a 2.52 ERA, 46 strikeouts and just four walks in 36 innings to go along with a .435 batting average, two doubles, two triples, four home runs, 22 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 14 attempts.
On the volleyball court, Lanier finished her career with 748 kills and 246 blocks. As a senior in 2018, she racked up 227 kills, 61 blocks, 89 digs, 112 service points and 14 aces.
The Lady Mustangs were scheduled to face Redwater in a Class 3A area playoff series late Wednesday.
Trinity Valley competes in the Region XIV Conference East Division along with Tyler, Angelina, Bossier Parish, Navarro, Kilgore, Northeast Texas and Paris.
Centenary plays in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference with Texas Lutheran, Southwestern, Schreiner, Trinity, University of Dallas and Austin College.
In November, Lady Mustang teammates Pearl Perry (Northeast Texas) and Marisol Kennedy (Bossier Parish) signed letters of intent.