Rouse seniors shine in Austin-area All-Star game

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Chelsea Ham went out in style.

The outgoing Rouse senior pitched the first three innings and blasted a home run at the Greater Austin All-Star Softball Game at Westlake last week. Three other Lady Raiders joined her on the team with Hailley Falloon, Lexi Shafer, and Tevanae Tate also on the North Team roster.

“It’s good knowing that we got to end on a high note,” Ham said. “I’ll remember the girls because not only did I have two family members, but everybody on the team was like a family to me. I’m going to miss them, but it’s time for a new chapter.”

The North beat the South 14-3 led in large part by the Rouse players, who had more players on the team than any other high school. To go along with Ham’s strong pitching performance and home run, Tate and Schafer also went yard and Schafer pitched one inning in relief.

The teams featured players from San Marcos on New Braunfels on the South squad all the way up to Liberty Hill and Taylor on the North side. Lake Travis coach Chris Beck was coaching his last game in the area as he will head to Houston for a new job next season.

Ham, however, didn’t play her last game with at least one of her former teammates last week as she will be joined by Falloon at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall next season.

“I know it’s not going to be a walk in the park,” Ham said. “I’m excited to open a new chapter and get my feet wet with the whole college experience. I’m looking forward to it.”

Ham was the top pitcher for the Lady Raiders last season, finishing the year 16-5 with a 3.44 ERA and 80 strikeouts. Offensively, she had the fourth-best average on the squad (.364) with five home runs and 27 RBIs.

Tate was second on the team with 11 bombs last year and 40 RBIs with a .506 average while Falloon had three homers on 20 hits and 14 RBIs in 24 games.

Schafer finished the season with a 5-2 record and 3.52 ERA and 42 strikeouts on the mound and a .313 average with nine RBIs at the plate.

“The game was almost like a reunion,” Falloon said. “All the girls I grew up playing against were all on one team and it was awesome with a couple practices and the game.”

Rouse won the District 19-5A title, finishing the regular season with a 14-2 district record. The Lady Raiders were an offensive power all season, scoring 175 during district play, nearly 40 more runs than the next closest team.

Falloon said she knew and played with so many of the other 49 girls at the All-Star game and has played with Ham since she as a 10-year-old, growing up through high school and select softball teams.

“I’ll remember the bonds and the friendships,” she said. “We got better all the way around so I was able to play in college.”