Bayou to host North Half
by Donell Maxie
Sep 20, 2012 | 1265 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bayou Academy Lady Colts, at 25-9, will go for a seventh straight Class A North State Title when they host the North State Fast Pitch Softball Tournament, starting on Saturday. The event will conclude on Monday.
The Bayou Academy Lady Colts, at 25-9, will go for a seventh straight Class A North State Title when they host the North State Fast Pitch Softball Tournament, starting on Saturday. The event will conclude on Monday.
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Bayou Academy head softball coach Lauren LaSuzzo is very familiar with this time of year and so is her Lady Colts Softball team.

On Saturday, the journey that Bayou has embarked on every year for the past six years will begin, as the team will host the Class A North State Fast Pitch Softball Tournament at Bayou Academy and Bear Pen Park.

The Lady Colts have won six straight north half tournaments and subsequently have won sixth consecutive Class A State Championships.

This year's tournament will feature the Lady Colts, Deer Creek School, Delta Academy, Tri-County Academy, Benton Academy, Lee Academy (Ark), Winona Christian School and Central Academy.

The Lady Colts will hit the field at 10:45 a.m. Saturday at Bayou Field walking in with a 25-9 record. Bayou will play either Winona Christian or Central Academy. Bayou is the No. 1 seed from District 2A.

With the team's recent success in the post season, LaSuzzo said she feels like the team is ready and focus.

"I think the girls are ready for north half,” LaSuzzo said. “We have a few days to prepare for it so they will be ready. The girls understand that they have to show up to play because I think they know that when teams step on the field they come to play. We understand that we have to bring our top game every time and they look forward to it. The postseason is a fun time for us, and we look forward to it every year and at the same time we understand our role and what we have to do.”

On the field, LaSuzzo said the team has played strong defense and the pitching and hitting has been solid over the season.

"We have a pitching staff,” LaSuzzo said. “We don't have one dominate pitcher and our defense changes with our pitchers. Our pitchers’ role this year was if they get hit our defense has to make plays behind them and that's something we really stress. At the plate, we have to put runs on the board and we have to understand that when we have runners in scoring position we have to take advantage and capitalize.”

The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Bear Pen Park with the No. 2 seed from District 2A (Deer Creek) playing the No. 1 seed from District 3A (Winona Christian/Central Academy). Winona Christian and Central Academy are currently playing for the one and two spots in District 3A. On Bayou Field at 9 a.m. Delta Academy (District 1, No. 1) will play Tri-County Academy (District 4, No. 2). Benton Academy (District 4, No. 1) and Lee Academy (District 1, No. 2) will play at 10:45 a.m. at Bear Pen. Games will continue at both fields on Saturday with games being held on Monday at Bayou Field.