Loyola’s Martha Williams began her career as a pitcher but has spent most of her senior campaign in the outfield for coach Mike Spence
One of seven seniors playing for the District 1-3A runners-up, Williams shattered her finger in a travel ball contest before her junior campaign. While attempting to bunt, she caught an inside fastball on the index finger of her throwing hand. Pain, a metal plate and months of recovery allowed her to come back strong and more focused.
“I’ve had three surgeries on it, but it doesn’t bother me much anymore,” she said.
Williams participates in the “Flyers Aiding the Hungary” program and is an SGA representative at Loyola, while sporting a 4.3 GPA. She will attend Millsaps College in Jackson in the fall where she’ll major in biochemisty with the intention of becoming a pharmacist.
“I haven’t decided if I’ll try to play softball there,” she said.
All of the Loyola seniors, except Alex Cunningham, who joined the magnificent seven as a sophomore, have been together for four campaigns. There’s been fun along the way, including pulling pranks on Spence.
“During our freshman season, we were going to play North DeSoto on April Fool’s day,” Williams said. “One of our best players (Maddie Russo) had her arm wrapped and we told coach Spence that it was broken. He was very upset. Once we got off the bus, we told him it was an April Fool’s joke and Maddie played.”
The Flyers missed the playoffs last season, but are currently 18th in the 3A power ratings with a 15-9 overall record and appear headed for the postseason.
“This is definitely the best team we’ve had in my four years here,” Williams said.
The Lady Cowboys haven’t had the kind of season their supporters would like, but the team has shown improvement.
“We’re never satisfied with our 8-14 record, but I’ve been happy with the improvement of this team throughout the season,” Southwood coach Wade Strother said. “We haven’t finished off a number of games like we should have, but we’ve gotten some good contributions from a number of young kids.”
The offense improved when Strother moved juniors Autum Greene and Halee Gabel to the 1-2 positions in the lineup. Senior shortstop Haley Peters has also been playing well.
The titanic struggle for the District 1-4A title between the Lady Falcons and the Lady Tigers, that was supposed to take place on Wednesday was moved to Friday and then to Monday at 6 p.m. at Benton – weather permitting.
This is another moved game currently scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Parkway. The Lady Panthers can clinch at least a share of the District 1-5A title with a win, while the Lady Jackets can tie Parkway for the lead.
Pitcher Anna Dies has returned to the Lady Bucs’ lineup. Expected to miss most of the remainder of the regular season with a hand injury, the sophomore pitched in Monday’s 8-7 loss to Airline. She’s still unable to bat, but she is helping on the hill, although Haley Miller pitched well in Dies’ absence.
Haughton is missing two of its top three hitters in the lineup, which has made the Lady Bucs more vunerable than they should have been in the latter stages of the District 1-5A race.
Catcher Kaitlyn Williams recently signed scholarship papers with Bossier Parish Community College. A smart and talented youngster, who was adopted from Russia, Williams will add a lot to the Lady Cavaliers on and off the field.
Apparently the majority of the rain avoided Vivian on Wednesday. The Lady Rebels were able to get in a Senior Day game against Bossier, winning 17-0. Bossier lost by the same score to North DeSoto on Tuesday. Honored Lady Rebels included Jordi Mason, Kristi Tarver, Rachel Pittman, Erin Burrow and Tesla Hughes.