AHS Softball’s Washington stars have shined brightly in 2019

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Head Coach Jim Reese said, “They’re two of the most gifted players I’ve had the opportunity to coach. Coach Willis and I both agree with that.”

They may not be sisters, but the duo of Kaylen and Alyssa Washington are the standout leaders of their Abilene High softball family on the diamond.

Reese said, “The thing that sets them apart is pressure does not bother them, they kind of like that so to have gifted athletes that also compete at the big stage is just fun to see.”

Kaylen Washington, a senior and ace for the Eagles, has logged 81 1/3 innings where she has a 1.29 ERA and 111 strikeouts. She is 13-1 on the year and has thrown 14 complete games. In district play, her ERA is under 1.

Kaylen Washington said, “This season, I really was just looking for a lot of ground balls, easy pop-ups to give my defense to handle. I think what has been working really well is just staying confident up there and being confident in my pitches and the movement that I have.”

Alyssa Washington, a junior commit to the University of North Carolina, is hitting .593 on the year with 9 home runs and 10 stolen bases. In 68 Plate Appearances, she has only struck out 5 times.

Reese said, “Obviously she’s a great shortstop but in terms hitting, she may be one of the two, three best hitters I’ve ever coached.”

Alyssa Washington said, “At the beginning of the season I wasn’t doing my best but, after working hard and extra work, it helped me a lot.”

And on top of their success this season, the Washington’s have built a friendship that extends both on and off of the field.

Alyssa Washington said, “She’s taught me a lot this year when I was down in my hitting. I’ve helped her a lot too.”

Kaylen Washington said, “It’s awesome just to know that we’re confident in all the girls and Alyssa is just doing her job all the time.”

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