Byrd’s Rikki Adams has been a solid performer for coach Emerald Doria all season and been the kind of model player most coaches would covet.
She’s president of Byrd’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club for goodness sake. How can you afford to get in trouble when you lead that group?
“Rikki has worked her tail off all four years and even though she’s not a star or had lots of playing time, she has always been a leader on our team,” Doria said. “She has worked her way through and has come up big in big situations this year.”
Adams is active in the youth group at Trinity Heights Baptist Church where she has taken a mission trip each summer.
“We’ll go to the Dominican Republic this summer where we’ll put in water filters and conduct (Vacation Bible School) classes,” said Adams, who is a four-year member of Astra club and loves to play ultimate Frisbee.”
Adams was inspired by former Byrd coach, the late Dan Moreman, who coached her during her freshman campaign.
“He taught me so much in such little time and showed me how to be a better person in life – to always keep a smile on no matter the situation,” Adams said.
The Lady Jackets are headed to the playoffs and will likely travel to play Denham Springs on Monday.
“Our season has definitely been a roller coaster, but this has been the best year for us all getting along so well,” Adams said. “We’ve picked each other up and coach Doria has brought up the good things we do.”
After her May graduation, Adams plans to attend Bossier Parish Community College and study computer graphic design.
The softball regular season for area teams came to an abrupt end on Tuesday, thanks to thunderstorms in northwest Louisiana on Wednesday, the last playing date for Louisiana high school softball teams.
But Tuesday did go out with a bang. Parkway overcame a one-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Byrd 8-7 and claim the outright District 1-5A title, its first in the league.
The Lady Vikings made the lengthy trip to Keithville on Wednesday for a game with North DeSoto, but rain hit in the first inning and the game was halted.
“We only had a walk, and they scored, but that was it,” Airline coach Lynne Roberts said. “Carly McIntosh walked, stole second and scored on a passed ball.”
Katie Smith hit a line drive to left field seconds before the umpire halted play.
The Lady Griffins recognized seniors Harlee Compton and Katelynn Chandler prior to the rainout.
The Lady Bucs Brooke Payton will sign scholarship papers with Williams Baptist College at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Haughton fieldhouse. The senior speedster is hitting .443 with 39 runs and 20 RBIs for coach Hal Harlan.
The Lady Eagles closed out their regular season with a 2-0 win over Class 4A power Neville in Monroe on Tuesday. Senior McKenzie Ashby slapped a home run off Neville’s Megan Lively, one of the top pitchers in the state, to propel the win.
“I just went up to the plate with the intention of getting on base,” Ashby said. “With a pitcher throwing as hard as her, it doesn’t take a big swing to get a hit.”
Coach Tony Mullins club honored a trio of seniors recently in catcher Alexis Kerry, shortstop Brooke Foster and second baseman Jordan Griffin.