PILOT POINT — After helping the Lady Bearcats win the Class 2A state championship in a supporting role, Preslee Gallaway knew there would be added responsibility in an attempt to repeat.
The Pilot Point junior saw an increased role in her pitching duties following the graduation of Skylar Cagle and helped the Lady Bearcats win the 12-2A title before a bi-district loss to Tom Bean.
“My role last year was to play shortstop and occasionally pitch,” said Gallaway, who has already committed to Louisiana Tech. “It wasn’t difficult but I knew I was going to have to pick up my game to do it.”
Gallaway sported a .433 batting average with 12 doubles, six triples and eight home runs to go with 35 RBI and 35 runs scored.
In the circle she was 16-6 in 29 appearances with a 1.22 earned run average in 143 innings. She got a strikeout 52 percent of the time — 222 total — with 89 hits and 42 walks. Opponents hit .165 against her.
“When I was in the circle I tried to control the game the best I could with every pitch,” Gallaway said.
She was named the District 12-2A Most Valuable Player and now has been selected as the Herald Democrat All-Texomaland Softball Player of the Year for 2014.
“I wanted to help my team out the best I can,” Gallaway said. “You have to do your job if you want to win.”