HIGH-SCHOOL

Meet the 2021 Shreveport Times All-Area softball team

Jimmy Watson
Shreveport Times

State championships by North DeSoto and Many, along with a District 1-5A co-championship by Natchitoches Central, gave Northwest Louisiana plenty of quality softball this spring.

Freshman pitcher Laney Johnson, who earned Times All-Area Player of the Year honors, showed the staying power of North DeSoto softball probably won't be short-lived after winning the Class 4A state title. And Times Coach of the Year Tim Whitman just keeps on winning wherever he’s coaching.

STATE CHAMPS: North DeSoto wins sixth title for Tim Whitman

North DeSoto's Laney Johnson

Many powered its way to the first softball championship in school history with 63 home runs, following the Tiger football team which won the Class 2A state title in December. Times Offensive Player of the Year Tia Holmes pitched and hit the Lady Tigers to a 33-5 record and earned state championship MVP honors.

Natchitoches Central (23-9) played toe-to-toe with Airline in the district and reached the state quarterfinals. The Lady Chiefs were led by pitcher/shortstop Maddie Robinson and have seven of nine starters returning. 

Player of the Year

Laney Johnson

North DeSoto, Fr.

Pitcher 

Why chosen: Pitched her team to the Class 4A state title and was 24-3 with a 1.91 ERA. Struck out 206 in 167 innings and hit .371 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs.

Natchitoches Central's Maddie Robinson

Pitcher of the Year

Maddie Robinson

NatchitochesCentral, So.

Pitcher/Shortstop 

Why chosen: The District 1-5A Co-MVP was 17-5, striking out 184 and posting a 2.19 ERA. She hit .389 with 11 home runs for the state quarterfinalists.

Many's Tia Holmes

Offensive Player of the Year

Tia Holmes

Many, Jr.

Pitcher

Why chosen: Holmes was 19-5 in pitching the Lady Tigers to the 2A state title with a 2.10 ERA. She hit .505 with 15 home runs and 65 RBIs. 

North DeSoto coach Tim Whitman is the 2021 Times All-Area Coach of the Year.

Coach of the Year

Tim Whitman, North DeSoto 

Why chosen: Led the Lady Griffins to a 33-5 record in just his second year at the school. It was Whitman’s sixth state title with a third school.

First team

Cameron Curtis

North DeSoto's Cameron Curtis

North DeSoto, So.

Outfielder 

Why chosen: Curtis hit .446 with nine doubles, three home runs and 34 RBI

Alyssa Fish

North Webster's Alyssa Fish

North Webster, Sr.

Pitcher

Why chosen: Fish was the District 1-3A MVP and posted a 2.20 ERA with a 5-3 record and 51 strikeouts. 

Linsey Hargis 

Natchitoches Central's Linsey Hargis

Natchitoches Central, Sr.

Utility player

Why chosen: The Memphis signee hit .470 with seven home runs and was 11-for-11 on stolen bases. She had a slugging percentage of .820.

Elizabeth Hughes

Red River's Elizabeth Hughes

Red River, Sr.

Infielder

Why chosen: Hughes hit .587 with seven home runs and 60 RBIs.

Whitley Martin

North DeSoto's Whitley Martin

North DeSoto, Sr.

Outfielder 

Why chosen: One of the few seniors on the state championship club, Martin hit .452 with 42 runs and 14 stolen bases.

MaKynli Miller

Many's MaKynli Miller

Many, Jr.

Shortstop

Why chosen: Miller hit .466 with two home runs and 39 RBIs.

Mia Norwood

North DeSoto's Mia Norwood

North DeSoto, Fr.

Third Base/Leadoff hitter

Why chosen: The leadoff hitter batted .493 with 16 doubles, four triples and five home runs. Norwood scored 43 runs with 33 RBIs.

Natchitoches Central's Catherine Stokes

Catherine Stokes

NatchitochesCentral, Jr.

Shortstop/Second Base 

Why chosen: Hit .568 with runners in scoring position and hit .483 with four home runs overall. She stole 13 bases on 14 attempts. 

Lakeside's Laney Taylor

Laney Taylor

Lakeside; Sr.

Pitcher

Why chosen: The senior was the District 1-2A MVP with a 2.29 ERA and 217 strikeouts. Also hit .536 with six home runs. 

Saline's Jordan Williams

Jordan Williams

Saline, Fr.

Catcher

Why chosen: Williams hit .738 with 14 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 42 RBIs.

SECOND TEAM

Kylie Bates, Saline, Sr., first base; Shiley Cartinez, Many, Sr., third base; Macy Corley, North DeSoto, Sr., catcher; Aly Delafield, North DeSoto, So., shortstop; Camryn Ford, Many, Jr. outfield; Madelyn Garrett, North DeSoto, Sr., outfield; Emma McKenzie, North Webster, Jr., infield; Frances Robinson, Lakeside, Sr. catcher/first base; Victoria Robinson, Natchitoches Central, So., first base; Cala Wilson, Ruston, Fr., utility; Katie Paul Woods, Logansport, Sr., pitcher

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