Summer Creek softball has had many transitions between leadership since their existence. Now they step into quite possibly the toughest district in the state of Texas: 16-6A. Head Coach Stacey Kee steps into her second season as the Lady Bulldogs head coach. It may not seem like a long time, but to these girls, it means everything. She and her girls provided us with their views on the future of Summer Creek softball.
Summer Creek played in the Aldine Tournament in which they finished 3rd place. They also competed in the Humble Tournament where they lost only one game going 4-1 en route to a 2nd place overall performance. “They had improved so much since last year, they’ve just gotten older and wiser,” Coach Kee said.
Last season was pretty tough on the Lady Bulldogs. They finished towards the bottom of the district standing and did not qualify for the playoffs. The program has had 7 coaches in 6 years and Coach Kee has been the first one to stay. “I think that shows a lot this year. They seem to be coming together as a team more and trusting me more knowing I’m not going to run out on them,” Coach Kee stated. “I’m not going anywhere.”
Going full force into a tough district like 16-6A, especially in softball, is like throwing you into a pack of wolves. With ranked teams like Kingwood, The Woodlands, and Atascocita, it doesn’t leave much room for error. “Just them being able to compete with these great top teams is such a great thing to see,” admitted Coach Kee. The positive reinforcement that the Summer Creek coaching staff sends to the girls is that if they can compete with these teams, then they can compete with anyone. With the exception of one girl, the entire team is coming back next year with a year of varsity experience to feed of off.
Junior Paris Harper and sophomore Dionne Pierre have stepped into their roles on the team and have done an exceptional job for Summer Creek. “You can basically put [Harper] anywhere and she can be the best player at her position, very raw and talented,” Coach Kee remarked. She also said that Pierre is a pure athlete. Junior pitcher Mariah Sosa loves to compete and will do anything to keep the girls in the game.
SS Dionne Pierre believes that girls are doing well but knows that they can do better. She says the team has made great steps coming from where they were a year ago. “I think we can beat the teams that we haven’t beat yet, we just have to hit the ball,” Pierre said. CF Paris Harper believes that they need to make contact with the ball as well if they want to compete at a higher level. “We just need to work as a team and hit the ball, basically,” Harper said. RF junior Brittany Rodriguez says the girls moving into a tough district has been tough but believes they’ve adjusted well. “We need to be more connected as a team, pretty much teamwork needs to be involved if we want to win,” Rodriguez said.
Stacey Kee attended and played softball nearby at Kingwood High School. She also played softball in college at Houston Baptist University. When she was playing as a youth in Kingwood, her coach was Lauren Hendrix’s (Kingwood Softball Head Coach) father. “He’s probably one of the best coaches I’ve ever had ever in my life,” Coach Kee confessed.
The girls finish off their season at home against Oak Ridge on April 24th.
Written by Mark M. Johnson