Bayou claimed its eight consecutive North State Title by defeating Leake Academy 9-2. This is Bayou’s first Class-AA North Championship in 10 years. Bayou's last seven north state titles came in Class-A softball.
With the win, the Lady Colts will enter Saturday’s Class-AA State Tournament in Pearl at City Center Park as the No. Seed 1 out of the North. Bayou’s first contest will be against Adams County Christian School at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The double elimination tournament will conclude on Monday.
In Thursday's game against Leake, the Lady Colts stroked 15 hits while Leake could only muster five.
The Lady Colts led the Lady Rebels 1-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning.
Bayou's Kailyn Lofton led off the inning with a double, and Taylor Ann Bailey laid down a bunt to move Lofton over to third. A RBI single from Carley Peden brought in Lofton to give Bayou a 2-0 lead. Chrissy Tubbs followed Peden with a single and later in the inning a hard shot from Shelby Newsom scored two runs to give the Lady Colts a 4-0 lead. Bayou scored one last run in the inning off a RBI single from Taylor Newton to score Newsom for a 5-0 advantage.
Bayou scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth for a 7-0 game and added two more in the sixth for a 9-0 lead.
The Lady Rebels finally managed to get their bats going in the top of the seventh, but it was a day late and a dollar short as they recorded four hits and scored two runs in the inning for a 9-2 score.
Newton led the Lady Colts at the plate going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Newsom went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, Peden and Lofton went 2-for-3 with RBIs each, Ana Parker Davis went 2-for-4 and Vickers was 1-for-4 with a RBI.
Bayou's defense made it tough on Leake's offense all day. Ashley Vickers threw 59 strikes out of 85 pitches, and she induced eight fly outs and five groundouts with seven strikeouts. Leaker hitters went three up and three down in five of the seven innings.
In the first game of the day, the Lady Colts defeated Canton Academy 7-1. Vickers was the winning pitcher as she had six strikeouts and gave up three hits and one run in the win.
Davis, Newsom and Lofton led the Lady Colts at the plate by going 2-for-3 each. Newsom had two RBIs and Lofton had one. Peden was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.