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ICYMI: Byrd goes 8-for-8 in Copiah’s softball wins

By James Beasley

Last week Copiah Academy’s Kelly Byrd went 8 for 8 as the Lady Colonels whipped Columbia Academy 12-3 in Gallman on Monday and then beat Oak Forest 7-1 on the road Tuesday. CA’s record is now 7-1, with the only blemish a 14-13 loss to Parklane in 10 innings.
In Monday’s home game, Byrd went 4-4, including a home run and a double. Six other Copiah players had multiple hits: Lindsey Walker with 3 hits, including a double, and 3 RBI’s; Kaitlyn Taylor with 2 hits, including a 2-run homer in the fourth; Jordan Jones with a single, a triple, and 2 RBI’s; Victoria Allen with a pair of doubles and 2 RBI’s; Kelli Berry with a single and double; and Cassidy Brown with a pair of singles. Jordan Jones (1-0) was the winning pitcher in her first game of the season.
On Tuesday, the Lady Colonels traveled to Oak Forest, where senior starter Kaitlyn Taylor (3-1) tossed a 3-hitter to lead CA to a 7-1 victory. Once again, Kelly Byrd went 4-4 and drove in 5 of her team’s 7 runs. Cassidy Brown had a pair of singles for the winners, and Jordan Jones an RBI-single in the sixth. The other Copiah run scored on a passed ball.
The Lady Colonel JV team also had a good week, going 3-2 against five varsity teams while finishing in a tie for 5th out of 16 teams in the Amite Tournament. Among their victories were a 6-3 win over Trinity Episcopal, a 7-1 win against WCCA, and a 7-5 win versus Centreville Academy. The losses were to Bowling Green and Heidelberg Academy.
“It gave our young group more playing time and some valuable experience,” said CA head coach Terry Bauer. “We got a lot of compliments from coaches who thought this was our varsity team. I was very pleased with our play.”
Bauer praised several individuals: 8th-grader Courtney Hollis, who was 2-1 on the mound and batted .500; 8th-grader Hannah Walls, who batted .636 with two inside-the-park home runs and a double; sophomore Sarah Beth Miller, who batted .583 with a triple; freshman Shelby Wilson, who went 1-0 on the mound and batted .545 with 6 stolen bases and 8 runs scored; freshman Bailey Sifford, who batted .364; and freshman Emily Ferrell, who hit .333 in the tournament.

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