Taylor Franco of Lubbock Christian University was named the Lone Star Conference Softball Pitcher of the Year and was one of five Lady Chaparrals selected to the LSC First Team.

Franco was the conference co-leader in regular-season pitching wins with a 19-4 record. She also had eight shutouts, including four no-hitters, becoming the 18th pitcher in NCAA Division II history with at least four no-hitters in a season.

The Monahans senior right-hander still has one season of eligibility left due to the free season the NCAA granted to all players who were on rosters during the COVID-shortened 2020 season.

The LCU players who joined her on the first team were shortstop Brooke Makemson, outfielder Savannah Wysocki, designated player Angela Donaldson and cornerer Kasey Flores.

Lady Chaps pitcher Maxine Valdez and third base receiver Tyla Lee were on the second team, and second baseman Skylar Herrera and first base receiver Tiarra Delrosario were on the team.

Donaldson leads the conference with a .457 batting average. Flores has team highs of 17 home runs and 53 RBIs, numbers that rank second and fourth in the conference, respectively.

Wysocki ranks fourth in the conference in stolen bases with 28 and tied for second in triples with seven. Makemson, batting .350, is third on the team in home runs with 10 and in RBI with 42.

The honors were announced in conjunction with the conference tournament at Tyler which ended Sunday. There were 25 honored players in the first team and 15 players each in the second and third teams.

The Lone Star Conference has 16 softball schools.


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