Sanders earns Player of the Week

By Barbara Boxleitner
jdanddoc@gmail.com
Posted 3/3/20

Maci Sanders shook off a slump to earn herself a weekly conference honor.

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Sanders earns Player of the Week

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Maci Sanders shook off a slump to earn herself a weekly conference honor.

The Northern Texas Junior College Athletic Conference named the Normangee High School graduate its softball co-position Player of the Week for Feb. 18.

The Grayson College freshman was cited for hitting .640 with seven runs batted in and six stolen bases in six games.

Her offensive breakout came after the leadoff hitter opened the season batting .176 through five games.

"It was just a timing issue, not getting at-bats on a daily basis," said Grayson head coach Michael McBrayer. "It's kind of typical of a freshman. They start slow and try to figure everything out."

The week she was honored, Sanders had multi-hit efforts in six games, including two doubles and two singles in four at-bats against Pratt.

"I got a little discouraged but knew I could work past it," said Sanders about the rough start. "I just realized I needed to focus more. I was trying to pick (the pitch) up out of their hands quicker."

In addition to pitch recognition, she tweaked her hitting approach.

"I had to change the way I use my legs," said Sanders. "I started leaning back on my back leg more and to drive the ball."

Through 14 games (7-7), Sanders hit .434 with one home run and nine RBIs. Entering Thursday, she tied for 11th among National Junior College Athletic Association Division I players with 14 stolen bases. She was caught once.

She has been playing second base, where she had an .868 fielding percentage in 38 chances. Her five errors are deceiving because of her range. "She's going to get a few more errors because she's going to get to a few more balls,” said McBrayer.

He likes her at second base instead of her preferred shortstop, because "the majority of foul balls land behind first base" and her speed allows her to get to them.

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Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.

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