Denton Guyer second baseman Morgan Medford (3) makes a throw to first from her knees after diving for a ground ball during the second inning of play against Plano. The two teams played Game 1 of a best-of-3 Class 6A first round softball playoff series at Prosper High School on April 28, 2016. (Steve Hamm/Special Contributor)
The Guyer softball team’s Gold Bracket championship in the Tournament of Champions over the weekend came at a significant cost.
Sophomore Morgan Medford, who has moved to shortstop from second base this season after a breakout freshman year, suffered a broken wrist on Saturday while chasing a fly ball into foul territory and sliding into the fence.
Guyer coach Keith Medford, Morgan’s father, said the best-case scenario for his leadoff hitter and shortstop is to return in six weeks, which would put her back for the start of the second round of District 6-6A play.
Medford hit .667 with a .708 on-base percentage in the six wins over the weekend for the state’s 10th-ranked 6A team. She was the Newcomer of the Year last year on the Denton Record-Chronicle’s all-area team. As a freshman, Medford hit .508 with a .625 on-base percentage while scoring 32 runs.
Replacing a stellar leadoff hitter and a vacuum at shortstop will be tough for the Wildcats in a gauntlet of a district with powers like Plano West, Plano and Wylie. Guyer must now hope for a speedy (as possible) recovery for Medford.
All that aside, it was a great start for the Guyer softball team, which beat Arlington, Lake Dallas, Palmer, Frisco Liberty, Wylie East and Andrews to claim the tournament title.
The UIL announced the new districts for its realignment at the Birdville Fine Arts Complex in North Richland Hills on Monday, February 1, 2016. (David Woo/The Dallas Morning News)
In Sunday’s paper, I wrote about some possible scenarios for Guyer in the newest district alignment following Monday’s biennial UIL realignment. The most logical of the bunch seemed to be a pairing that featured the four schools from Lewisville ISD (all in Denton County) along with old district foes Trophy Club Nelson, Coppell and Southlake Carroll.
It seemed to be a great idea and the most logical way to put Guyer alone in 6A in terms of Denton ISD schools. But as we all know, logic doesn’t always make the cut when it comes to realignment, and the result for Guyer was shocking to pretty much everyone.
Instead, Guyer ended up in the new District 6-6A, not with the Lewisville ISD schools, Nelson and Carroll, but instead with Allen, three Plano schools, two McKinney schools and Wylie??? That means Guyer’s closest trip for a district game will be a 26.6-mile trip through rush hour traffic to Plano West. (Flower Mound Marcus, for instance, would’ve been 7.2 miles). Continue reading
Guyer’s Hannah Hodapp (3) connects against Burleson-Centennial in a playoff game last May at Saginaw High School in Fort Worth. David Minton/DRC
Any time a Guyer softball player can break an all-time school record held by Kylee Crosek, it’s a pretty big deal.
Crosek was the first softball star for Guyer in the fledgling years of the program as a four-year starter. By the time she was a senior, she helped lead the Lady Wildcats to the Class 4A state tournament in Austin. Simply put, Crosek holds just about every school record at Guyer. I once saw her intentionally walked to lead off a game. That tells you what you need to know.
But on Friday, Crosek is losing one of her school records, and she’ll be on hand to see it as a member of the junior varsity coaching staff while doing her student teaching at Guyer and helping out with softball.
That’s because Hannah Hodapp will set a new school record for career starts when she steps on the field to start for Guyer against Keller in a key District 5-6A game to determine first place in the district and start off the second round of district play.
Hodapp started as a freshman and has never left the starting lineup since. She entered Wednesday’s win against Ryan hitting .476 with a .500 on-base percentage and a 1.119 OPS. She has a double, a triple and a homer to go with 13 RBIs and 16 runs in 12 games played. She has eight stolen bases and has been caught just once.
Hodapp, a West Texas A&M signee, will make her 111th career start, passing up Crosek’s mark of 110, which Hodapp tied on Wednesday night in a 10-0 win over Ryan. In that game, Hodapp went 1-for-2 with a walk, an RBI and a stolen base, also scoring on a passed ball at home.
Pilot Point and Guyer both cracked this week’s Texas Girls Coaches Association state softball polls.
Pilot Point pitcher Skylar Cagle, seen here against Ponder, pitched her third no-hitter of the year in Game 1 of Pilot Point's series win against Commerce.
At the start of the weekend, two area baseball teams and two area softball teams were still in the hunt to reach the state tournament.
At the end of the weekend, Pilot Point’s softball team was the lone team still clinging to state tournament aspirations.
Pilot Point is one of eight teams left in the Class 2A playoffs after the Lady Cats swept Commerce in the 2A regional semifinals. Sanger’s softball team was eliminated by Van, while Krum and Argyle’s teams got knocked out of the 3A baseball playoffs.
Let’s recap the weekend.
In this week’s version of the Texas Girls Coaches Association state softball polls, three area teams earned Top 25 spots.
In Class 4A, Guyer checks in at No. 21. Sanger is holding on to the No. 10 spot in Class 3A and Pilot Point is the No.1 team in Class 2A (Oh, and the Lady Cats defeated Leonard 18-0 on Friday).
Take a closer look at District 5-4A and 5-5A and you’ll see how competitive things are in both of those districts.
District 5-4A currently has four teams in the Top 25. Fort Worth Brewer (15), Wichita Falls Rider (19), Trophy Club Nelson (20) and Guyer (21) are all up there. There’s no other district in the state with as many ranked teams in there, however Forney is apparently good enough to be ranked twice (17 and 22, respectively).
District 5-5A, Ryan’s district, might trump Guyer’s district. There are three teams in the Top 20 — Flower Mound (12), Flower Mound Marcus (13) and Lewisville (19). The only other district in the state with three Top 25 teams is 4-5A (Richland, Southlake Carroll, Keller).
Keep in mind that nobody take all rankings with a couple spoonfuls of salt, as it’s far from an exact science.