Brooke Strickland pitched 67 less innings this season from last year for the Alexander Cougars, but the junior was just as effective.
Strickland was a big reason the Cougars won consecutive Region 5-AAAAAA titles.
She compiled a 13-5 record in 127 innings with 75 strikeouts to be named the Douglas County Sentinel Pitcher of the Year.
“I felt pretty good the way season when for us as a team,” Strickland said. “Like always, I felt that I could have done a lot better. As far as our goal next year, we have to grow as a team because we lose six seniors.”
Strickland knows her role will definitely increase with several seniors graduating.
As a sophomore, Strickland had 108 strikeouts in 194 innings and compiled a 23-8 record as the Cougars won their first region title since 2009.
Strickland has been the team’s main pitcher since her freshman season after a standout career at Fairplay Middle where she led the Jaguars to the championship her eighth-grade season.
In three years, Strickland has thrown 429 innings with 252 strikeouts with a 49-21 record.
“She is our stud out there in the circle,” Alexander coach Zack Graham said. “Games are won and lost in the circle. She has a great demeanor to be a pitcher. She came in strong as a freshman. She has gotten better every year.”
Strickland said she will work on her change up and rise ball during the offseason.
She said playing the last three seasons with all-state catcher Faith Shirley has been very helpful.
“She has made a lot of things for me a lot easier,” Strickland said. “She has made it very comfortable for me to pitcher. It has really helped me through the seasons.”