Rylee Trlicek led Hallettsville to the UIL Class 3A state tournament in her final season with the Lady Brahmas.

The accomplishment marked the conclusion of an outstanding high school career.

Trlicek was the Lady Brahmas’ starting pitcher the past four years – leading Hallettsville to the playoffs each season.

Trlicek finished her senior year with a 23-2 record in the circle and a 1.13 ERA. In 142 innings, she compiled 259 strikeouts. She hit .568 with seven home runs and 57 RBIs.

Trlicek was a four-time all-state selection and was also named the Gatorade Softball Player of the year. She was invited to play on the USA Softball team in December and will begin her college career at Division I Florida next season as the Most Valuable Player of the Victoria Advocate’s 2019 All-Area Softball Team.

Q: Looking back at your high school career, what would you say was your biggest accomplishment?

A: My biggest accomplishment was this past season. With us going to state and finally overcoming Santa Gertrudis Academy. I felt like it meant so much to me and our community that has been always been there for us. Also the friendships I developed over time, the family and support. It was all an accomplishment.

Q: When you look back at your high school softball career, what do you feel like you learned the most?

A: I learned that it takes the whole team and the whole community to get together to rally behind you and come together as a family. The bond we shared with each other and how we support each other was the biggest thing.

Q: How did you handle knowing all eyes were on you when you took the circle or stepped up to the plate?

A: It was a little nerve-wracking but I learned to put that in the back of my mind and to trust what I do day in and day out. What helped a lot was my teammates trusting me and knowing they were there for me. We’re all in this together and knowing that calmed me. It took a couple months to have that poker face, and even though you’re nervous in the back of your mind, having my team behind me helped.

Q: How much did it mean to make it to the state tournament your senior year?

A: It meant so much. Making it to state and doing it for coach (Mike) Mikeska in his last season, was bittersweet. It was my senior year, and we went to state. Even though we didn’t get the gold, we accomplished so much of what our goal was, and it was really exciting to finally get there with coach Mikeska and the seniors.

Q: You signed with Division I Florida last year, you’re currently playing for team USA, you were the Gatorade Softball Player of the Year and an All-USA first-team selection. What does that all mean to you?

A: It’s really crazy sometimes and overwhelming to think about, but I try to live in the moment and take it all in. I can’t get too ahead of myself and let it get to me because at the end of the day, it’s all for fun, and I’m playing for something bigger than myself. It means so much and I really can’t describe the feeling. It’s surreal. At the end of the day, I’m here with my family, I’m alive, healthy and I get to play to play a sport that I love.

Rey Castillo is the assistant sports editor for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached at rcastillo@vicad.com, 361-574-1240 or on Twitter @reycastillo361.

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