Ham, Lady Raiders clinch playoff spot


Rouse senior Chelsea Ham has five home runs and a .426 batting average for the co-first place Lady Raiders. But none of the home runs are bigger than her last one.

With Rouse and Georgetown tied 3-3 in the ninth inning last Friday, she crushed a 2-1 pitch into the night for the game-winning home run.

“I was just looking for a pitch to get a base hit and maybe score a run, it was a crazy game,” she said. ”Right when I hit it, I just knew, the ball jumped off the bat, it was an amazing feeling.”

Chelsea has been playing softball for 12 years and has accepted a softball scholarship to East Texas Baptist University in Marshall.

“I love the sport and this season has been special, we have a lot of seniors and really have worked hard to make this a season to remember,” she said.

The Raiders are tied with traditional district power Elgin. The Lady Raiders’ only loss of the season came to the Lady Wildcats, but East View beat Elgin to force a tie for first place. 

Ham, a solid student with an interest in science, is excited about this season and her future.

“It has been great to have so many close friends on the team and my younger sister, too,” she said. “College has so many new options and graduation is coming so quickly, it kind of flows together.”

The sisters, senior Chelsea and freshman Lauren, are huge cogs in the Raider offense.  Chelsea carries the .426 batting average with five home runs, 27 RBIs, and 26 hits, while Lauren has 23 hits, a .365 batting average with 19 RBIs and has 20 scored runs.

Rouse has already clinched a playoff berth and can take a huge step in the right direction in the district title race with a win against Elgin at home Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the regular season finale.