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Ava Brown is a premier high school softball talent

Sometimes a setback can spur greatness. Such was the case with the 2022 Lake Creek High School (TX) Lions softball team and sterling pitcher / first baseman Ava Brown.

Last year Lake Creek High School was defeated by eventual state champion Barbers Hill High School in the UIL Region III-5A championship series with a trip to the state tournament on the line, but the loss inspired the Lions to complete the mission to the tune of a perfect 41-0 record this season.

“Our motto from the beginning of the year was always unfinished business,” Brown, who will be recognized during the USA TODAY High School Sports Awards national show broadcast premiering on July 31, 2022, said. “We all had that same mindset, from fall workouts, going into spring training and all of our practices after school, it was a very competitive season for all of us. We just wanted to work together and reach the end goal, which was to be state champions.”

Lake Creek High School Head Softball Coach Michelle Rochinski echoed Brown’s sentiments.

“When we lost to Barbers Hill, we closed out saying we were going to have a good shot at doing the same thing in 2022,” she said. “It started from that day we lost in 2021. Throughout the summer the girls continued to work on everything, not just softball, but being in the weight room, conditioning, and speed and agility. We continued to get better day to day.”

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