Softball player of the week (4/8): McKinney's Chelsea Thomas

What she did: Thomas pitched a four-hit shutout and struck out eight in a 6-0 win over District 10-5A leader Plano East. Thomas also hit two home runs and had four RBIs against Plano East, which was a Class 5A state semifinalist last season. McKinney (7-14-3, 3-4) has won three straight district games after starting 0-4 and is one game out of second place in 10-5A.

Who is she? A junior pitcher/third baseman who has orally committed to Missouri State. Thomas said she will probably play third base in college.

The stats: Thomas (6-10) has 100 strikeouts in 120 1/3 innings. She is hitting .446 with three home runs, 19 RBIs and 24 runs scored.

She said it: “I just had confidence in myself and my team. Taking it one pitch at a time helped me get through the game.”

Coach said it: “She’s been very consistent throughout the year with her hitting. She’s a power hitter, and she showed that off with the two home runs.” Thomas hit one of her home runs “at least 240 to 250” feet to get it over a wall that McKinney calls the “Blue Monster.” — Terry Drain

Did you know? Thomas was named the 10-4A pitcher of the year last season. … Her favorite athlete is Albert Pujols of the Los Angeles Angels. … Thomas’ sister, Ashley, plays softball for Georgia Tech, and she began the week leading the ACC with a .422 batting averag

Honorable mention 





Marissa Butler  

Plano West  


2-hit shutout, 7 Ks vs. Allen 

Micah Fitzgerald  



6-for-8, 4 runs, 4 steals in wins vs. MesquitePoteet, Highland Park


Haley Freyman  



2-hit shutout vs. Haltom, 2-hitter vs. SL Carroll, 4-for-6, 4 RBIs



Taylor Nabors  

Flower Mound  


2 HR, 6 RBIs, 4 runs in wins vs. Denton Ryan, Lewisville 

Andrea Trevino  

Mesquite Horn  


5-for-8, 2B, 2 3Bs, HR, 4 runs, 3 RBIs in 2 wins


 Morgan Dufour

 Red Oak


4-for-4, 2 doubles, 6 RBIs in 2 games


Skylar Cagle

 Pilot Point


No-hitter, 9 Ks vs. Sunnyvale, HR, 6 RBIs for week


Chelsea Herndon 



Beat nationally ranked FM Marcus, Coppell, 4-for-6, HR, 3 RBIs


Emily Acuna 

 Frisco Wakeland


5-for-7, 2 home runs, 7 RBIs in 2 games


Chloe Costa 



Wins vs. Little Elm, area-ranked The Colony, 16 strikeouts

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