Harris heats up before stoppage

By Barbara Boxleitner
Posted 3/24/20

A six-game hitting streak did wonders for the batting average of Lexi Harris.

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Harris heats up before stoppage


A six-game hitting streak did wonders for the batting average of Lexi Harris.

The Normangee High School graduate hit .222 through her first eight games for the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor softball team. But the sophomore batted .425 in the next six games to lift her averaged to .341, third best among the team's starters.

During her hot streak, she hit leadoff and played center field in a start against Pacific Lutheran. Harris had a career-high four hits — all singles — in five at-bats and drove in one run during the win. She also stole a base.

When college play was suspended because of the coronavirus, she was tied for the team lead with six stolen bases and was thrown out once.

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Sophomore Ashlyn Teran started all 19 games for Southwestern Assemblies of God University. The Normangee product hit .344, third on the team, with seven runs batted in. The pitcher had an 0-2 record and 4.04 earned run average in four appearances.

Another graduate of Normangee High, Grayson College freshman Maci Sanders, hit .407 with a team-high 11 doubles through 24 games. She hit two home runs and had 15 RBIs. Her 17 stolen bases in 18 attempts led the team.

Women's basketball

Tra'dayja Smith played in 28 of Longwood University's 29 games and started each time. The Madisonville High graduate averaged 6.5 assists per game, which led the Big South Conference, and was second on the team in steals. She averaged 8.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game, both fourth on the team.

Lexie Leveston of Langston University averaged four rebounds and 2.7 points in 25 games. She played for Madisonville.

Freshman Jazzmyn Jones played in all 25 Centenary College of Louisiana games. The Normangee alumna averaged 6.0 points and 3.8 rebounds.

Men's rodeo

Former Mustang Colby Lovell and Jared Fillmore finished second in the team roping shootout at The American in Arlington and earned $25,000, according to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.