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Dripping Springs softball leader named state coach of the year

After leading the Dripping Springs Tigers back to the UIL state softball tournament for the first time in six years, head coach Wade Womack was named as the Texas Girls Coaches Association (TGCA) 5A-6A Coach of the Year.

Womack, who has helmed the Tigers ever since taking over for Keith Tuck, received the award after the Tigers finished with a 35-9 overall mark in 2017.

During his 20-plus year career, Womack has won 382 career games, which places him in the top 20 of the most winningest coaches in softball in Texas, according to the TGCA.

Prior to coaching at Dripping Springs, Womack was the head coach at Medina Valley High in Castroville, where he led the Panthers to the 2007 UIL Class 4A state championship.

In addition, Womack was selected to helm the TGCA 5A-6A blue team in the annual TGCA All-Star game, which will be played July 12 at the Noack Sports Complex in Austin.

Joining Womack will be Tiger Riley Dunn, who batted .328 and had 43 hits and 23 RBI’s during the course of the season.

On June 14, two Dripping Springs seniors played in the 2017 Austin Area Softball All-Star game at Westlake High.

Dripping Springs pitcher Kiele Miller and first baseman Haley Odell were two of six Hays County players who made up the South team.

Joining them were Hays High seniors Lulu and Maria Arroyo, Lehman High senior Alyssa Martinez and San Marcos senior Olivia Lantigua.

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