By Will Johnson
Messenger Reporter

LATEXO – While the 2017 UIL softball season ended in June, Latexo’s Gracie Zalesky is just now hanging up her cleats for the summer.

Zalesky, the District 21-2A Co-MVP at the pitcher’s position, played in a full summer’s worth of tournaments in select softball while playing for the Impact Gold – Tatum team. The 2018 senior ended her summer by playing at a tournament at the Ballfields at Craig Ranch where she was coached by university and college coaches

The players selected to play in this game were nominated by their coaches as this was an invitational meet. Zalesky was chosen to participate in a United States Specialty Sports Association (USSSA) showcase game

along with another player from the Impact Gold – Tatum team.  Gracie received a ring and a shirt.

The Latexo senior pitched two innings in two separate games and did not yield any hits. She also struck out five batters when she was in the pitcher’s circle.

Zalesky also played first base, second base and both left and right field during the Craig Ranch tournament. At the plate, she went 2-4, with two doubles.

Prior to the showcase, Zalesky played in three other tournaments, including one that ran for four days.  In one of the games she played, Zalesky was selected as MVP. Playing in temperatures between the 90 and 100 degree mark, the Impact Gold – Tatum team finished in sixth place out of 84 teams in the fur day tournament.

Zalesky will continue playing with Impact Gold – Tatum this fall.

Will Johnson may be contacted via e-mail at wjohnson@messenger-news.com.