by Hale Hughes
For the second consecutive year, Woodville softball pitcher Shelby Mixon has been named as an All-State softball player for the Lady Eagles.
This year, the talented junior hurler was fortunate enough to draw the attention of coaches and sportswriters alike from all over the state and she has been selected to two different All State softball teams for the 2016 high school season.
The Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) only selects 42 players from Class 3A to be named to their distinguished list. Mixon is in elite company having TGCA name her as one of the state's best to command the circle.
Mixon was also recognized by the Texas Sports Writers Association (TSWA). TSWA recognizes three teams (first team, second team, third team) as well as an honorable mention classification. Teams were selected by TSWA members based on nominations from coaches and media members from around the state. Three pitchers are named for each squad and Mixon was named to the TSWA second team unit.
Being recognized by both groups is a tremendous honor and achievement for the 2017 Woodville senior. Mixon is quick to downplay herself, saying on many occasions that softball is a team sport and that she has a good people around her on the field that work too.
And work she does. When not on the field, in season and out, Mixon can typically be found somewhere close to a pitching rubber or a batting cage, putting in the time needed and repetitions required to hone and sharpen her craft.
A lot of people see her success, but what they don't see are those hours and hours of preparation, practice and performance she puts in year around. Mixon is a model of focus and hard work and what can be achieved when you are willing to sacrifice and work for it. She also has a deep love for the game of softball and the girls she has called teammates for years. She says that this All-State recognition may have her name on it, but it reflects those around her on her team that are closest to her.
Over a span of 34 games this last season, Mixon led her team to a 31-3 record and a third consecutive trip to the fourth round of playoffs. Over this season, Mixon threw 163 innings from the circle culminating in 25 wins while racking up 244 strikeouts for the Lady Eagles, just shy of averaging ten strikeouts per win. She adds a .7 earned run average (ERA) which is coach-speak for "extremely few runs scored when she was in the circle."
Mixon is the ace for the Lady Eagles and will continue in that role as well as one of the Lady Eagles' most consistent and quality hitters.
Being an All-State player is a great honor for Mixon and promotes positive news about the high school girls team as well as Woodville High School.