Herd of Buffalos earn TVC Honors
The Madras White Buffalo softball team had a great season, with seven all-league players, along with a Lady Buffalo pitcher of the year, proving they weren't a team to mess with.
Not only did Madras have eight all-league players, but White Buffalo senior Lizzie Steuart won Tri-Valley Pitcher of the Year and head coach Shawna McConnell won Coach of the Year.
Six Lady Buffs earned first-team honors and two earned honorable mention league honors.
Along with Tri-Valley Pitcher of the Year, Steuart was named as the first-team pitcher. She pitched 18 games with a winning record of 14-4, striking out 69 batters. Steuart ended her senior season with a .453 batting average and a .925 fielding average. She has committed to playing softball at Mt. Hood Community College next year.
Junior Jiana Smith-Francis and sophomore Delaney Vibbert both earn first-team infield honors for the Lady Buffs. Smith-Francis ended the year with a .453 batting average and a .918 fielding average.
Vibbert played both shortstop and second base for the Lady Buffs, ending the year with a .833 fielding average and a .375 batting average.
A senior and a freshman earned first-team outfield honors for Madras. Center fielder Niyallee Cochran used her athleticism and arm strength to lead the team with a .968 fielding average. The senior also had a batting average of .403.
Marilyn Tom was the lone starting freshman for Madras, playing in right field and recording a .778 fielding average. The lefty batter also found a lot of success hitting the ball, ending the year batting .438.
The final Madras Lady Buff to earn first team honors was Mary Olney. She earned first-team utility player for Madras, usually holding down third base. Olney had a .395 batting average and a .902 fielding average.
Junior Aspen Holcomb earned honorable mention utility player, with a .909 batting average and a .909 fielding average.
Sophomore Hannah Hollday earned honorable mention catcher for the Lady Buffs. Holliday had a .992 fielding average and a .348 batting average.
Smith-Francis, Holcomb, Vibbert, Tom, and Holliday will all be returning for Madras next season.
The Madras baseball team had three Tri-Valley League league honorees this season. Jordan Mitchell earned second-team utility player for the Buffs. Mitchell had a .275 batting average at the plate with eight RBIs, two doubles and a triple. He also had a .396 on base percentage and scored 14 runs.
Sophomore pitcher Michael Belgard earned second-team Tri-Valley pitcher this season. Belgard pitched 18 innings, with a 3.89 ERA and a 1-0 record.
Junior Kody Zemke led the Buffs with a .356 batting average with 15 RBIs, four doubles and two home runs. Zemke earned honorable mention catcher for Madras.