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Special Photo/Reggie Davis Alexander junior Brooke Strickland had 75 strikeouts in 127 innings to lead the Cougars to consecutive region titles.

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.”

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