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2022-23 Fort Bend Christian Academy Softball
The seven-time State Champions, FBCA Softball is entering the second half of the Spring season with one mission in mind. Bring back the title.
After the 2022 season, which saw the Eagles finish as a TAPPS-II State Finalist (fell to Legacy Christian), second-year coach Kelli Jacoby’s group has returned to the diamond with the ambition to go back to Arlington. Only this time they don’t intend to leave empty-handed.
FBCA's Hadley Hodge Bradley C. Collier (VYPE)
It would appear that FBCA is starting off on the right foot, considering they recently opened up district play with an impressive 16-6 win over Lutheran South Academy, making them the current No. 1 team in their division.
The returning starters for the Eagles picked up right where they left off last year.
FBCA's Jaelynn LeeBradley C. Collier (VYPE)
Juniors Hadley Hodge (2022 Second-Team All-State) and Jaelynn Lee (2022 All-State HM) have been some of FBCA’s most dependable batters in the lineup, with senior Victoria Harrison providing the experience on the plate.
In addition, the Eagles will look to freshman Reese Heflin to be one of the leaders in the young bullpen.
With other district opponents -- Second Baptist and Frassati Catholic -- on tap, Fort Bend Christian will aim to continue this momentum throughout the remainder of Spring Ball before the playoffs come around.
Episcopal has ran the show in SPC for a long time when it comes to softball. Last season, the Knights brought home yet another SPC crown - the 20th in program history. FBCA finished as State Runner-Ups in 2022 in TAPPS Division II, while Cypress Christian reached the TAPPS Final Four in TAPPS Division III.
Here is a preview of the top teams in the private school landscape in 2023.
Preseason Top 5
No. 1 Episcopal Knights
No. 2 Fort Bend Christian Academy Eagles
No. 3 St. John’s Mavericks
No. 4 St. Pius X Panthers
No. 5 Lutheran South Academy Pioneers
Others To Watch
St. Agnes Academy Tigers - The Tigers will be looking towards pitcher Avery Jung, second baseman Kate Sullo, outfielder Julia Sullo and shortstop Mia Valenzuela to get the Tigers into the big dance and reach at least the TAPPS Division I Final Four.
Cypress Christian Warriors - Cypress Christian reached the TAPPS Final Four in Division III a year ago after going 20-3-2 overall, according to MaxPreps. The Warriors are set to return some big bats to the lineup including Lucy Davis (.578, 15 2B, 30 RBIs) and Chloe Robinson (.532, 24 RBIs). Davis was also the ace in the circle for Cypress Christian with 62 strikeouts in 50 ⅔ innings. Can Cypress Christian make the run back to the Final Four again? They have the senior leadership to do it.
Second Baptist School Eagles - It wasn’t that long ago that SBS was hoisting the TAPPS Division II State Championship trophy. In fact, it was just back in 2021 that they did just that. Now, the Eagles are going to try and add another piece of hardware to the case and a ring to their finger and this senior class will be key. Led by Ella Ryan, Kate Marshall and Emily Rogers (Colorado School of Mines), this trio of seniors will be the cornerstones to the Eagles’ success in 2023. Mackenzie Schmidt will be the ace in the circle for SBS as the Eagles look to take back their title this season.