According to Brooker, the junior has grown since last year and gotten stronger, shown by her three RBI double against Madison County and one RBI double against Franklin County in the tournament.
“She’s grown a little bit and she’s also gotten a little stronger, so all of those things come into play,” Brooker said. “I think the confidence just carries overall throughout her game. She’s hitting the ball really well, and she’s hitting in the heart of our lineup now; she makes good contact.”
Brooker and assistant coach Allen Simmons are proud of the way Raley has stepped up her game this season, but also her ability to lead the team.
“Coach Simmons and I are proud of the way Dixie is carrying herself, and leading the team,” Brooker said.
Honored to be picked as Athlete of the Week, Raley believes her performances and the team’s success are exactly where they need to be, but she hopes to continue to improve into the post-season.
“I’m really excited about it and honored that I got picked,” she said. “Being this early in the season and having this much success we’re right where we need to be, and hopefully we can just keep it going throughout the rest of the season.”