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It is awards season here at VYPE!
We welcome you to the Countdown to the 2021 VYPE Awards presented by Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. Over the next two weeks, we will be unveiling the finalists for the player of the year awards. Team and Coach of the Year awards will be announced LIVE during the Fourth Annual VYPE Awards.
The winners will be honored in a one-hour virtual show on Sunday, June 27 at 6 p.m. on VYPE Houston's website, Twitter account and on the VYPE Texas Facebook page and YouTube Channel! It will be an event to get dressed up for and to tune in to as it will be an evening full of special moments!
Let us get it started! Here are the finalists for Public School Softball Player of the Year!
Simpson was remarkably dominant all season for the Eagles, going 21-0 with a 0.18 ERA and striking out 271 batters and walking just 24. The Texas signee allowed just three earned runs in 119 innings of work. Simpson was named the Gatorade Player of the Year. She struck out 14 in the state championship game en route to being named Most Valuable Player.
Benavides was a huge reason the Deer won the Class 6A state championship. She boasted an 0.74 ERA, striking out 124 and allowing just 10 earned runs in 95 innings. The Abilene Christian signee was named MVP of the state championship game after striking out six and throwing a complete-game shutout.
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The junior pitcher/infielder was electric all season for Lake Creek, hitting .591 with 65 RBIs and 17 home runs and going 16-0 with an 0.92 ERA in the circle. Brown had an on-base percentage of .609 and struck out 167 batters while allowing just 11 earned runs in 84 innings in leading Lake Creek to the regional finals.
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AUSTIN - They just knew that this was their year.
After COVID-19 took away the 2020 season, Barbers Hill knew they had a legitimate shot at not just getting to Austin and the UIL State Softball Tournament but winning it all.
"This year we knew," Barbers Hill senior Sophia Simpson, the Class 5A State Championship game MVP, said. "It was redemption for all of us with COVID taking away [last season]. We needed it."
Barbers Hill defeated Hallsville on Friday 6-0 to notch its first-ever state tournament win and then on Saturday, it was Simpson's show. The University of Texas-signee put on a clinic from the very circle she will call home for the next four years.
Simpson tossed a complete game, striking out 14 - including the last batter - and holding Aledo to one run en route to a 4-1 victory for Barbers Hill winning the Class 5A State Championship.
FLY EAGLES FLY!!!!!! @bh_softball defeats Aledo 4-1 and wins the programs first ever #UILState Championship!! @sophiaaa_simp strikes out the final batter for No. 14 of the game. @faithguidryy @sam_leigh02 @BHISD @reagan_duty @KPRC2RandyMc @KPRC2Ari @MaxPreps @TXPrepSoftball pic.twitter.com/jbcLU1LCL9— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) June 6, 2021
"It means everything to this team, this program, this community, this school," Barbers Hill coach Aaron Fuller said. "I think the community and the school could sense it, they could taste it all year long. They knew that this group was a very talented group and had been playing well all year.
"The support we've gotten from the community and the school has been unreal."
Barbers Hill finishes the season 43-2 and was ranked the No. 1 softball team in the country by MaxPreps earlier this week. The state championship is the first team title for a Barbers Hill High School program since girls basketball won one in 1997. It is the sixth team title in high school history.
The Eagles got the scoring started from the beginning as Estela Garza drove in two on a single to right-center, making it 2-0. That score would hold until the fifth inning when Aledo pushed across its lone run of the night on an RBI single from Reagan Davis.
In that frame, Davis advanced to third base and represented the tying run with no outs. Simpson worked out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts and a popup, which is when Simpson said she felt like she had solid stuff.
Barbers Hill tacked on two insurance runs in the sixth with an RBI single from Faith Guidry and RBI double off the bat of Kaitlyn Dutton, making it 4-1 which would be the final.
Winning the state championship is especially sweet for the seniors such as Simpson, Guidry, Dutton, Samantha Landry, Ambert Thibodeaux, Jacklynn Ortiz, Kenlee Vaughan, and Kaylee Hornberger, whose legacy is cemented.
"Our names are going down in the history books at our school," Landry, who is signed to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, said. "We won the first game at state, we won the first state championship. It's amazing, it's an amazing feeling."
VYPE Postgame 🎙: @sam_leigh02 talks with VYPE after the win. She is off to @RaginCajunsSB next and she is leaving @bh_softball as a state champion! @sophiaaa_simp @faithguidryy @reagan_duty @BH_Athletics @BHISD pic.twitter.com/RfSUpjhlud— VYPE Houston (@vypehouston) June 6, 2021