High School Sports

All-District softball: Webb only a junior, but already one of the best to play for Oakdale.

The Modesto Bee's softball player of the year Lexie Webb  is pictured Monday June 4, 2018 at Oakdale High School in Oakdale, Calif.
The Modesto Bee's softball player of the year Lexie Webb is pictured Monday June 4, 2018 at Oakdale High School in Oakdale, Calif.

Lexie Webb is the picture of power and potential, a rare talent that can turn a game with a spinning fastball or mighty swing.

The Oakdale High junior has been building toward a breakout season like the one she just completed. As the catalyst for one of the Sac-Joaquin Section’s top softball teams, Webb is The Bee’s All-District Softball Player of the Year.

Webb ranked among the section’s leaders in wins and ERA during the regular season and she clubbed a Stanislaus District-best nine home runs, a feat she shared with three others.

"She's something else," Oakdale coach Larry Loger said. "She can play the corner, she's actually a really good baserunner – very fast and very strong. She's one of the best, if not the best, to have played here, and there have been quite a few good girls."

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During her first two seasons in scarlet and gold, Webb showed flashes of potential, but on teams brimming with next-level talent, she often shared the spotlight.

This season, the spotlight wasn't so crowded.

The Mustangs captured a share of the Valley Oak League title and rose to No. 13 in the Cal-Hi Sports state ranking with the help of many. Junior Brittany Bye drove in a team-high 45 runs, and Oklahoma-bound senior Grace Green belted nine home runs and scored a team-high 45 runs.

Webb, who has given an oral commitment to South Alabama, was the connective force.

She won 16 of her 17 regular-season starts and posted a microscopic ERA of 0.65, a career low. She also struck 125 batters in 96-plus innings, while walking only 12.

"She's gone from a thrower to a pitcher," Loger said. "She always got away with being faster than everyone in her age group, just overpowering people. Now, she's becoming a complete pitcher. She's more accurate with more spin; more of a thinking pitcher than she was before. All that adds up to her having a great year."

Her versatility produced awesome shows of strength. She had four games with double-digit strikeouts and a home run, including a 12-strikeout performance in a 6-0 win over Sierra, a reigning section champion.

In that game, Webb helped her own cause with a two-run home run off Nebraska-bound ace Lindsey Walljasper in the first inning. She then retired the first 14 batters, allowing only one runner in seven innings.

Webb hit a team-high .567 with 34 hits, including seven doubles, five triples and nine home runs. She drove in 40 runs.

James Burns: 209-578-2150, @jburns1980

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Favorite Show: “America’s Got Talent”

Favorite Music: Country music … Chris Stapleton

Summer plans: Play travel softball

If I could have dinner with one person, who would it be? Former University of Oklahoma pitcher Keilani Ricketts