The Lady Colts improved to 28-5 overall and a perfect 9-0 in District I-AA fast pitch softball action by defeating the North Delta Lady Greenwave 10-0 in a game that was cut short after six innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Bayou played as perfect a game as a team could play. The Lady Colts’ offense racked up 15 hits, while the pitching gave up just two hits. The Lady Colts also played perfect defense by not committing an error in the field.
Bayou had its big inning in the fifth when the team scored six runs to make the score 9-0. The Lady Colts scored another run in the sixth to put the game out of reach.
“I thought we had really good at-bats,” Bayou head coach Lauren LaSuzzo said. “I liked our hustle and our maturity.”
The hitter that provided the big bat of the day was senior centerfielder Taylor Newton, who went 4-for-4 including a triple with four RBIs and a run scored.
“The last couple of weeks, she hasn’t hit the ball like she wanted to,” LaSuzzo said. “She stayed in there and kept fighting and kept battling. It was good to she her break through it today. She’s a great person on and off the field. She’s a quiet leader. She’s not very vocal, but when she does speak everybody listens.”
In the circle, Bayou hurler Ashley Vickers tossed a gem by striking out 10 batters and giving up just one hit and one walk in five innings of work. Vickers threw first pitch strikes to 12 of the 17 batters she faced in the contest. Kamryn Otts closed out the game for Bayou in the sixth as she gave up just one hit with two strikeouts in an inning of work.
“I think Ashley threw a great game in the circle,” LaSuzzo said. “Kamryn did a good job and finishing it for us.”
LaSuzzo said Vickers, who is now 17-3, has matured a lot during the season.
“Ashley has grown a lot of the last couple of years,” LaSuzzo said. “She knows she has to spin the ball and can’t hang anything over the plate. She’s one of those players that can fix things without somebody calling timeout and telling her what to do. She’s very smart, and that’s come from playing. Everybody behind her has done a great job.”
Vickers also helped herself at the plate by tagging two hits and scoring a run. Ana Parker Davis hit the ball well for Bayou by going 3-for-4 with a run and a RBI, followed by Shelby Newsom with two hits including a double with a RBI and a run, Chrissy Tubbs with two hits and a run, Kailyn Loftin with a hit and two runs and Carley Peden with a hit and a run. In their nine district games, the Lady Colts have outscored their opponents 87-5.
Bayou will play its last district game of the year when the team travels to Grenada to play Kirk Academy today.