Ten players from Bossier Parish schools have been named to the first team All-District 1-5A softball team selected by the district’s coaches.
Runner-up Airline placed five on the first team — senior infielder Kaitlyn Walker, senior utility Jamie Roberts, junior pitcher Hannah Hutson, freshman infielder Maddie Ennis and sophomore outfielder Kelci Johnson.
Walker, a shortstop, batted .407. She had 12 RBI, 10 doubles and one home run. Roberts, a first baseman, batted .362 with 16 RBI and nine doubles.
Hutson had a 3.099 ERA. She struck out 155 in 131 innings. She also hit .353 with 17 RBI and eight doubles.
Johnson hit .407 with 16 RBI, six doubles and one home run.
Ennis led the Lady Vikings with a .482 average. She had an on-base percentage of .560 and a slugging percentage of .835. She finished the season with with six home runs, 10 doubles, one triple and 39 RBI.
Three Parkway players made the first team — senior infielder Brittany Bryant, senior utility Kendall Lewis and junior outfielder Madelyn Elliott.
Lewis batted .352, Bryant batted .320 and Elliott hit .300.
Haughton placed two on the first team — junior catcher Lacey Dodson and junior outfielder Sidney Arnold.
Dodson batted .488 with an .829 slugging percentage. She had 10 doubles, six home runs and 26 RBI. She struck out just twice all season. Dodson also stole 16 bases in 16 attempts.
Arnold batted .333. She had one triple, one home run and eight RBI.
Junior Emily Deramus of district champion Evangel Christian was named MVP.
Airline senior Heather Simons was named the first winner of the Richard Lary Memorial Award. Lary, who was a softball as well head football coach during his years at Caddo Parish schools, died just over a year ago from a heart attack.
After most Airline games this past season, there was an extra inning that came to be known as “Heather’s Inning.” Simons, who has a moderate mental disability, hit the ball off a tee and rounded the bases with teammates, opposing players and fans cheering her one.
During games, Simons was the players’ biggest supporter from the dugout. She served as an inspiration to the softball community and all who came into contact with her during the season.
— Russell Hedges, firstname.lastname@example.org