Ellison represents Centennial at TGCA All-Star game
Reagan Ellison became the third Centennial softball player in two years to play in the Texas Girls Coaches Association Class 6A-5A Legacy All-Star Game.
Ellison, who plays shortstop for the Lady Spartans and will be a senior this season, played for the Red squad while Centennial coach Shannon Sullivan was the assistant coach for the Blue team.
The Blue squad won, 6-3, in a game which took place July 11 at Austin’s Noack Softball Complex.
“It was nice to have the chance to represent Centennial,” Ellison said. “It was a really cool honor for me.”
Ellison lost a round of rock-paper-scissors to the squad’s other shortstop to see who would start the game. Ellison played three innings at shortstop and an inning in center field.
“I had a blast,” Ellison said. “It was so fun meeting all the girls and seeing how other coaches work with their players. Coach Sullivan is a special coach. She’s not extremely hard on us because she knows what we’re capable of doing. She has that relaxed feel with us. There’s a bond and a family atmosphere.”
One player on the Blue team told Ellison she wished she had a coach like Sullivan.
Things didn’t go well for Ellison at the plate. In her first at bat, a fleet-footed outfielder ran down her line drive. She then was struck out by the Class 6A Player of the Year Madison Lindsey in her second at bat.
“That line drive was pretty deep but all their outfielders were Gracie Morton fast,” said Ellison referring to Lady Spartans center fielder Grace Morton.
Giving back to the community
Centennial seniors Ellison, Morton and Macentire Harshbarger want the softball program to be more involved in the community. The trio wants to make an impact in the community outside the softball field and the first step was to participate in the Burleson Lions Club’s Independence Day Parade.
The team’s float won the award for best sports entry. That was pretty good considering the float was built the morning of the parade. The team was going to build the float the night before, but scrapped that idea because of the threat of rain.
“My mom tossed out the idea of having a float in the parade,” Ellison said. “We thought it was a way to get the program in the public’s eye.”
The players walked to parade route handing out candy and Centennial softball shirts.
“It was a blast,” Ellison said.