Ragsdale and Higgins earn all-state honors

Two Republic softball players earned spots on the all-state team as selected by Missouri’s high school softball coaches. Kaitlyn Ragsdale is an infielder on the first team, and Julia Higgins is a catcher on the second team.

Ragsdale and Higgins were two of the leaders in one of the most potent lineups Republic softball has ever assembled. The Lady Tigers broke several team batting records, including home runs in a single season. Republic’s 37 home runs were the fourth-most ever hit by a Missouri team.

Higgins was the home run leader for the Lady Tigers. She hit 14, breaking Hailey Johnson’s 2008 record of 13. She also drove in 60 runs, smashing the school record and finishing second all-time on the single-season RBI rankings in Missouri. Only Madison McKinney of Norborne in 2015 had more RBIs in a season (66). In addition to her offensive output, Higgins had 12 assists and made just two errors all season as Republic’s catcher.

Ragsdale was the leadoff hitter that made things go for the Lady Tigers’ offense. She hit .500 with an on-base percentage of .549, and she also drove in 23 runs. Ragsdale stole 37 bases, which would have been a school record, had she not stolen 42 last year as a freshman. Her 44 runs scored were the most ever for a Republic softball player in a single season.

Higgins and Ragsdale were among several Lady Tigers to receive post-season honors. Higgins was named co-player of the year in the Central Ozark Conference, sharing the award with Ozark’s Nya Morgan. Higgins and Ragsdale were both unanimous first-team All-COC selections. Center fielder Megan Weis also earned a spot on the first team. Avery Romans and A.J. Fenske were second-team All-COC selections. Livi Collier earned honorable mention.

Ragsdale, Higgins, and Romans were all first-team all-region picks, as voted by the region’s coaches. Weis and Fenske were second-team selections.
 

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