The Lady Colts, the defending Class A State Champions, galloped through the North Sunflower Academy Lady Rebels 22-0 in three innings to finish a perfect 10-0 in the district. The Lady Rebels fell to 2-5 in the district.
Bayou is also 22-6 overall and will go to the North A State Tournament as district champions and No. 1 seed for a seventh consecutive year. Bayou has also won six consecutive North A and State A Championships.
“At the beginning of the year, we come up with team goals and this is one of the them, win the conference and go into North number one,” Bayou head coach Lauren LaSuzzo said. “Nothing has been given yet as far as what happens in the end, so we just have to keep working hard. Our bats are what have to keep coming. We’ve got to keep swinging the bats, keep putting the ball in play and keep hitting line drives and ground balls. We did hit some pop-ups, and we have to get rid of that.”
The Lady Colts took advantage of every mistake committed by the Lady Rebels. In the top of the first, the Lady Rebels walked 11 batters and hit five batters. Bayou also stroked four hits and sent 24 batters to the plate in an 18-run first inning.
In the bottom of the first, Baylee Billhofer hit a short fly ball in the infield that was dropped by the second baseman. Eighth grade pitcher Morgan Morrison settled down and retired the side in order to keep the game at 18-0.
The Lady Colts ended up scoring a run in the second and three more runs in the third to make it 22-0.
In the circle, Morrison retired the Lady Rebels in order in the bottom of the second and the third to finish the game with the no-hitter. In her three innings of work, Morrison finished up with five strikeouts and no walks.
“Morgan did a really good job,” LaSuzzo said. “When every you have a big lead like that, you throw strikes and let your defense work. I think she has great poise in the circle. She does a great job of containing her emotions, and she presents herself very well out there.”
All nine of Bayou’s starters reached base and scored at least once in the contest. Taylor Newton roped three hits, drove in five runs and scored three times to lead the Lady Colts at the plate, followed by Chrissy Tubbs with two hits, three RBIs and three runs, Shelby Newsom with a hit, three runs and three RBIs, Shelby Kendall with a hit, three runs and two RBIs, Kaitlyn Loftin and Morrison with three runs each, Carley Peden with two runs and Ashley Vickers and Kamryn Otts with a run each.
Bayou will return to action on Saturday when the team travel to Carrolton to play in the Carroll Academy Softball Tournament. NSA is scheduled to travel to Rolling Fork to play in the Sharkey Issaquena Academy Softball Tournament.