2019 was one heck of a way to close out a decade in Austin County’s sports history. From the top of Bellville to the southern-most point in Wallis, it was The Sealy News’ honor to bring you the sports news for the county and there was certainly no shortage of tremendous accomplishments.
This past calendar year had numerous achievements not only on the district and regional levels but also at the state- and nation-wide levels with another border-breaking performance to boot.
The staff compiled the top 10 stories of the year on both the news and sports side and we hope you enjoy this recap to find out what the top sports story was this year.
Until then, we pick up with #6 and an emotional return to the diamond.
Just six months prior to her first start of the softball season, Makaylah Scott underwent reconstructive surgery to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in her right knee.
On March 8, she returned to the diamond for her first game back on that surgically-repaired knee and helped her team to a 15-0, mercy-rule win over Royal.
“I don’t think there’s a feeling that can describe it,” Scott said of her return to the field, especially with a convincing win like that.
Her head coach, Brittney Whitehead, expelled just as much joy to have her shortstop back in the lineup.
“Makaylah is a big player on our team, has been since she was a freshman and coming back I was scared for her to make the wrong cut on my turf,” Whitehead said with a little laugh. “It is scary because her future is bright going to college for softball but it was great to have her back.”
It was indeed Scott, who had already signed to play softball at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, who played the role of catalyst in the Lady Tigers’ first at-bats and it did help that she was the leadoff hitter. The lefty slapped a hit to the left side of the infield and raced down the line to reach first safely and let out a big smile when looking back at her teammates celebrating in the dugout.
Scott helped continue a trend of Lady Tigers in the postseason, extending a streak throughout the decade starting in 2010 and was awarded District 25’s offensive MVP for her efforts.
“I feel like the girls feel even more relaxed with her on the field,” Whitehead said. “She’s a great leader, she’s very supportive and it’s awesome to have her back.”