Coach of Year: Lori McFerren, North DeSoto
The talkative McFerren overcame facial surgery in the last week of the season, coached two playoff games from the dugout and pitched batting practice with a mask on to remain devoted to her team. Her Lady Griffins advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals in Sulphur’s FastPitch 56, finishing 17-10 overall.
Player of Year: Caley Pyles, Cedar Creek
Already a Times All-Area basketball team selectee, Pyles also made it in softball after leading the Lady Cougars to the Class A state title. The senior, who will attend Louisiana Tech in the fall, batted .327 with 28 RBIs and 3 homers. She was 19-12 on the mound with a 2.49 ERA and 160 strikeouts.
Pitcher of Year: Abbey McMillian, Florien
The sophomore walked in a run in the Class B state title game and was so angry at herself, she went to pitching practice the day after pitching her team to a second consecutive championship. McMillian was 23-1 on the season, with 213 strikeouts and an .069 ERA. For good measure, she batted .458.
Caroline Settle, Many, Soph., 15-10 record, 219 Ks, 1.70 ERA
Savannah Settle, NCHS, Sr., 14-4 record, 140.0 IP, 190 Ks, 1.00 ERA
Emma Callie Delafield , Fr., 16-7 record, 141 IP, 68 Ks, 1.24 ERA
Elizabeth Griffies, Logansport, Jr., .541 avg., 7 HRs, 51 RBIs
Lexi Baker, North Webster, .390 avg., 38 runs, 4 triples
Laken Ebarb, Many; Sr., .423 avg.; 4 hr; 22 rbi
Taylor Doss, Lakeside, .440 avg., 33 hits, 34 runs
Katelynn Giddens, Castor, .559 average, 16 RBIs, 3 HRs, 12 SBs
Molly Simpson, NCHS, Jr., .402 avg., 7 HRs, .995 fielding %
Maddie Burchell, N. DeSoto, .409 avg., 27 runs, 34 RBIs, 5 HRs
Kaitlin Davis, Florien, Soph; .472 avg., 36 RBIs, 33 runs
Madelyn Matt, St. Mary’s, Soph., .676 avg., 67 SBs, 45 runs
Anna Larr Roberson, Cedar Creek, 7th grade, .422 avg., 3 HRs
Kaitlan Welborn, Stanley, Sr., .402 avg., 19 RBIs, 9 doubles
Sami Walters, N. DeSoto, Soph., .398 avg., 34 runs, 14 RBIs
Amberlee Nix, North Webster, Jr., .446 avg., 8 HRs, 30 RBIs
Caitlyn Corley, Florien; Bailey McCleary, Florien; Ryleigh Rutherford, Florien; Halie Robinson, Cedar Creek; Cassy Monday, Lakeside; Molly Wilson, Castor; Brianne Weeks, Stanley; Bayli Simon, North DeSoto; Jaslyn Winkler, North Webster; Mallory Guillotte, Logansport; Simia Geyden, Haynesville; Amanda Amato, Ringgold; Karsyn Sanders, Lakeview; Casey Harrelson, Ruston
Hailey Compton, North DeSoto; Emily Henderson, North DeSoto; Katelin Cooper, Cedar Creek; Emily Robinson, Lakeside; Margeaux Smith, Ruston; Brister Curry, Ruston; Caitlin Walker, Lakeside; Lori Wallace, Castor; Emily Welborn, Stanley; Adrianna Phillips, Florien; Megan Burkett, Florien; Raven Sampson, Arcadia; Mary Holley, Haynesville; Caitlin Walker, Lakeside; Jakevia Atkins, Mansfield; Amy Grafton, Logansport; Harlee Possoit, Converse; Reegan Sepulvado, Negreet; Lauren Sistrunk, Converse.