Mississippi Softball POY: Darby Bishop

Mississippi Softball POY: Darby Bishop

Gatorade Player of the Year

Mississippi Softball POY: Darby Bishop

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THE WINNER: Darby Bishop

THE BASICS

School: Newton County (Decatur, Miss.)
Grade: Junior
Position: RHP/3B
Height: 5-foot-7

Athletic achievement: She led the Cougars to a 34-4 record and a second consecutive Class 4A state championship this past season. Named the state’s 2014 Miss Softball by The Clarion-Ledger, Bishop compiled a 21-0 record with a 1.53 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 119 innings pitched. She batted .621 with 29 extra-base hits, 44 RBI and 52 runs scored.

Academic excellence: Bishop has maintained a B average.

Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as a youth softball instructor, she has volunteered locally as a peer tutor.

THE PRAISE

“She is a winner,” said Newton County head coach Justin Chaney. “She always does what is best for the team. I love the way Darby carries herself on and off the field.”

THE FUTURE: Bishop will be a senior this fall.

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