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Carthage standout picked for softball all-star game

George Whitley

By George Whitley
July 8, 2017 at 9:29 p.m.

It's been a pretty busy summer for Carthage's Carson Robertson.

The dual-sport star spends much of her time playing in weekend softball tournaments with her club team Sneaky Cleats.

Somehow, she also finds time to prepare for the upcoming volleyball season, take weekly hitting lessons and still spends time with family and friends.

Add to that already crowded calendar an all-star softball game, and the UT Tyler commit finds herself running can til can't.

Robertson has been selected to represent East Texas in Tuesday's 2017 Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star Softball Game in Austin at the Noack Softball Complex. Everything gets started with player introductions at 7 p.m. and the first pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Despite the hectic pace and constant demands, Robertson seems to handle it all in stride.

"I'm busy every day it seems. But we did get to go on a family vacation this past week," Robertson said. "But I'm usually involved in a tournament somewhere most every weekend."

Robertson will suit up and play for the red team, which consists of players in Class A through 4A from across the state.

Red should wear quite well on Robertson, who was a catalyst in Carthage's three-round playoff push this past spring.

"It's such an honor to be selected to play in this game. Not very many people get picked," said Robertson. "When I found out I'd been accepted to play in the game it was a pretty special feeling."

The timing couldn't have worked out much better for the senior-to-be, who was already scheduled for a week-long tournament in Austin with her club team.

"I'm already going to be down there to play on Monday. So it works out for me to go play in the all star game Tuesday and go back to my tournament Wednesday," said Robertson, who transferred to Carthage from Spring Hill after the 2015-16 school year.

Robertson led the Lady Dawgs with a .387 average and a team-best five home runs. She added 14 doubles, three triples and 29 RBI for a 32-9-2 regional finalist.

Carthage advanced all the way to the Class 4A regional finals before losing in a three-game series with Krum.

Robertson's robust .699 slugging percentage also led the way for the Lady Dawgs.

The slick-fielding first baseman burst on the scene in 2015 as a freshman at Spring Hill. Robertson batted .473 with two homers, 20 RBIs and five stolen bases. For her efforts, she was named District 16-4A Defensive MVP.

As a sophomore in 2016, Robertson hit .385 for the Lady Panthers with one long ball, 10 doubles, three triples and 18 RBIs. Even more impressive, Robertson only struck out four times in 78 plate appearances



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