Members of the Bellaire High School Lady Cardinals softball team, coaching staff and parents gathered at Braeburn Country Club in southwest Houston to celebrate the end of a winning 2017 softball season.
The District 18-6A varsity softball team clinched their final win April 20 at Butler Stadium against Lamar (8-0) for an impressive undefeated season of district play and swept bi-district playoffs against Cy Woods (11-1 and 8-0) with the next round of playoffs against Tompkins High School Friday night.
Bellaire High School Softball Coach Brien Tuffly commended players for their performance throughout the season and credited good defense and pitching as key factors in their success.
“We had good defense and pitching when we needed it. Also our bats really came around late in the season allowing us to run the table in the district,” said Tuffly.
Parent Ronald Jackson described this year’s team as “special” and applauded each girl for their efforts. “This group knew they would have a successful season because of the strong bond and work ethic they shared. When a team is able to bond and build on positive energy, a successful season is pretty much guaranteed to happen,” said Jackson.
Jackson echoed Tuffly’s sentiments, citing “great pitching and defense” for playing key roles in the Lady Cardinals ability to dominate all of their competitors.
“What I am most proud of this season is the maturity level of the girls and how the girls played as one. The camaraderie and respect they have for each other made this the best season the girls have experienced,” said Jackson.
Jackson’s daughter, Paige, along with players Maegan Hollins, Chelsea Baxter, Courtney Dart, Sydney Moore and Kylie Tumbleson enjoyed a final send-off during the softball banquet as they round out their senior year and prepare to pursue their post-secondary educations.
Three members of the team signed with college softball teams, including Paige Jackson and Chelsea Baxter who will attend Texas Southern University and Maegan Hollins who will attend Northwestern University. Senior varsity players Sydney Moore and Kylie Tumbleson will be attending Texas A&M in College Station in the fall and Courtney Dart will be attending Texas Tech in Lubbock.
Looking back over the 2017 softball season, Tuffly applauded the team’s success as well as the challenges they were able to overcome.
“Every team has its challenges, ours was moving several players into different positions throughout the year until we found the winning formula,” said Tuffly.
The team and coaching staff are working to continue that winning formula in the post-season UIL bi-district playoffs.