The Herriman Super Six
Mar 10, 2016 10:06AM
● By Bryan Scott
By Greg James | firstname.lastname@example.org
South Valley - The Girls softball team at Herriman High School is poised to repeat its success from last season. Six of its brightest stars recently signed letters of intent to continue to play after they graduate.
“They have all been playing ball since five or six years old. This has been a lifetime goal and now for them to actually achieve it is quite an accomplishment,” Mustangs head softball coach Heidi McKissick said.
The Mustangs finished its 2015 season with a 26-6 overall record and were undefeated with 12 wins in Region 4. The six returning stars include four outfielders, a pitcher and a catcher.
Tycksen has signed at Salt Lake Community College. She was selected honorable mention all-state last season by the Deseret News.
“It has taken dedication and hard work to get to the point of being able to have this opportunity,” Tycksen said.
In 2015 she had a .557 batting average, collected 63 hits and scored 106 runs. She had at least one hit in 31 of the team’s 32 games.
The speedy left-handed slap hitter has been hampered by an injury she sustained last fall. The Mustangs may not have her available for this season until playoffs.
A first-team all-state senior catcher has signed to attend Weber State University.
She belted two home runs in last season’s quarterfinal 13-3 victory over Fremont. She had a .500 batting average and collected 41 runs batted in during the regular season.
She was also named the Golden Mustang by her coaches.
Jackson is taking her career the farthest from Herriman. She has signed to continue playing at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. The Cougars finished last season with a 56-15 overall record.
She hit .362 and had 15 outfield putouts and only one error last season.
“It is a sad thing to see these girls all go their separate ways, but it is fun to see how they have grown up together,” McKissick said.
Eastman signed with Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. The Trojans compete in Region 6 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.
She hit .345 last season and only struck out three times all year. As a slap-hitting lefthander she disrupted the opponent’s defense. She was given the team’s Most Inspirational Player award last season.
“It takes a lot of extra work. Sometimes the time necessary to attain your goals does not come natural. It can be awkward at times,” Eastman said.
An outfielder, Nelson has signed to play for Salt Lake Community College. She hit .381 and scored 21 runs last season for the Mustangs.
“We are fortunate that all of these girls play different positions and do not need to worry about paying time. I am sure they will all contribute this season,” McKissick said.
Taylor was the leading hitter for the Mustangs last season. She batted .573, but she also pitched the team to 12 wins.
She has signed to continue playing at Salt Lake Community College.
“Future Mustang players can know that we have a program that the girls go on to play in college and get an education. That is important to me. All of these girls play ball January to January, with summer leagues, high school and then fall travel leagues. They are continuously playing,” McKissick said.
The Mustangs are scheduled to begin their season Tuesday, March 8 at home against Grantsville.