Softball player of the week (05/19): Mansfield Timberview's Mariah Denson
Mariah Denson, Mansfield Timberview softball
What she did: Because of a left foot injury, Denson has been in a walking boot for a week, except for when she pitches. She said she also used a wheelchair and crutches to keep pressure off her injured foot. But Denson held Richland — the state’s third-ranked 5A team — to three runs (two earned) and nine hits in two games as Mansfield Timberview swept a Region I semifinal series. Denson retired 14 of the final 17 batters in Friday’s Game 2 as Timberview closed out the series with a 3-1 win. She also had an RBI in each game, helping 10th-ranked Timberview (29-6) advance to its first regional final, where it will play No. 7 Lubbock Coronado.
Who is she? A sophomore right-handed pitcher who has committed to Oklahoma State
The stats: Denson is 25-3 — including 7-0 in the playoffs — with a 1.43 ERA and 242 strikeouts in 157 innings. She is hitting .467 for the season and .500 in the playoffs. She has 44 RBIs, including nine in seven playoff games, and she will take a 21-game hitting streak into the regional final.
She said it: “We were treating it as a stress fracture, but it’s plantar fasciitis in my heel.” Denson said she never considered sitting out the regional semifinal. “I knew my team was going to be behind me if anything went wrong and that I had people there to help me.”
Coach said it: “She started out fine [in Game 2]. Toward the end, you could tell it was bothering her a little bit, but she’s a warrior. She battled and pushed through it, and our defense played amazing.” — Donya Mooney
Did you know? Denson plans to major in physical education and wants to become a softball coach.
3 hits, 3 RBIs in Game 1 win vs. Mes. Poteet
HR, 4 RBIs in series-clinching win vs. Poteet
2 triples in Game 3 win vs. Kingwood
3-for-4 in Game 3 win vs. Kingwood
4-for-4, 2 home runs in Game 2 vs. Ennis