Although the official beginning of the LHSAA softball season doesn't get underway until Monday, Feb. 20, teams across the state will be playing in Hall of Fame contests at various sites this week.
Although the official beginning of the LHSAA softball season doesn’t get underway until Monday, Feb. 20, teams across the state will be playing in Hall of Fame contests at various sites this week.
One of those sites is Leesville High School as three of the top teams in the area will be in action beginning at 3:30 p.m. on Monday or Tuesday, depending on the weather.
The Leesville Lady Cats will play host to the Pickering Lady Red Devils and the Rosepine Lady Eagles in the LHS Hall of Fame at Lady Cat Diamond. Admission is $4 per person
Action begins at 3:30 p.m. when the Lady Cats take on the Lady Red Devils. Beginning at approximately 5:10 p.m., the Lady Red Devils will take on the Lady Eagles, with the finalé featuring Leesville and Rosepine at 6:50 p.m.
These three teams feature some of the top players in the state of Louisiana and this event will highlight four of the five award winners from last year’s all-Vernon Parish softball team, along with the Coach of the Year.
The Lady Eagles are led by the senior battery of pitcher Morghan LaTour and catcher Lauryn McMahon, both of whom signed to play collegiate softball late last year at LSU-Eunice and Lamar University, respectively.
LaTour is the reigning Vernon Parish Player of the Year, while McMahon was the Co-Offensive Player of the Year in 2016.
The Lady Eagles also feature McNeese commit Haylee Brinlee and Army commit Desiree Squires, both junior infielders for head coach Glenn Granger.
The Lady Red Devils feature the all-time home run queen in Vernon Parish in senior Northwestern State signee Summer Atkins, who is a former Vernon Parish Player of the Year and shared the Co-Offensive Player of the Year award last year with McMahon.
Along with Atkins, the Lady Red Devils, coached by Sam Dalton, feature pitcher Spring Atkins, freshman catcher Ryen Lawrence and junior outfielder Shay Petty.
Leesville and current Vernon Parish Coach of the Year Betty Hicks lost one senior to graduation from a team which reached the state tournament in Sulphur a year ago.
The Lady Cats are led on the field by sophomore pitcher Madelyn Phillips, the 2016 Vernon Parish Pitcher of the Year and junior infielder ZaKayla Collins, who are both unable to play on Tuesday because they are still playing basketball. However, reigning Newcomer of the Year Keyana Poteat will be playing, as will senior catcher Erin Lewis, second baseman Ryleigh Hicks and Lauren Kreyenbuhl.