North DeSoto’s Tim Whitman wins sixth LHSAA softball state title

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

SULPHUR – Tim Whitman has had a lot of success on the softball field. It includes three state championships at Pineville, an NCAA Division III national championship at Louisiana College and two state championships at Ouachita in Monroe.

But Whitman moved into even loftier status Saturday afternoon at Frasch Park when he won a state championship at his third team and sixth state title overall when he directed North DeSoto to a 13-7 LHSAA Class 4A championship win against Beau Chene. 

“This feels great. But honestly what it’s all about is seeing the smiles on the faces of these kids,” Whitman said. “We have a young bunch, and I thought we’d have trouble this year because they didn’t get the experience we needed last year because of COVID. But they worked hard, and this is the result.”

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The Lady Griffins (33-5) won their fourth title in the past six years taking the 4A crown in 2015, 2016 and 2017 under former coach Lori McFerren. One of the standouts of that team was Brittlyn Garrett and her younger sister, senior Madelyn Garrett, was named the 2021 championship game’s outstanding player. 

Although Whitman said he couldn’t put his finger on one championship standing out over another, he said this win was special because it was the most recent one. It also was special because the Lady Griffins looked dead in the water after falling behind 5-0 in the second inning.

But energetic players like Garrett never got down and a seven-run third gave them the lead for good.

“My team got me, so I was pumped,” said Garrett, who had a home run, a single and three RBIs. “The Griffins won’t back down. We will win no matter who we play.”

North DeSoto is expected to be strong for the near future with freshman Laney Johnson pitching a solid game. One of just three seniors, Macy Corley was on the 2017 team and was told by people to “take it in because you won’t be back.” 

“But we knew we would be back. Last year our season got cut short, but this year with some clutch freshman, they sealed the deal,” Corley said. “We worked harder than anybody in our class. I believe that.”

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