Meet the 2021 Shreveport Times All-Area softball team
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
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
North DeSoto, Fr.
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.
Pitcher of the Year
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.
Offensive Player of the Year
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.
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.
North DeSoto, So.
Why chosen: Curtis hit .446 with nine doubles, three home runs and 34 RBI
North Webster, Sr.
Why chosen: Fish was the District 1-3A MVP and posted a 2.20 ERA with a 5-3 record and 51 strikeouts.
Natchitoches Central, Sr.
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.
Red River, Sr.
Why chosen: Hughes hit .587 with seven home runs and 60 RBIs.
North DeSoto, Sr.
Why chosen: One of the few seniors on the state championship club, Martin hit .452 with 42 runs and 14 stolen bases.
Why chosen: Miller hit .466 with two home runs and 39 RBIs.
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.
Why chosen: Hit .568 with runners in scoring position and hit .483 with four home runs overall. She stole 13 bases on 14 attempts.
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.
Why chosen: Williams hit .738 with 14 doubles, six triples, four home runs and 42 RBIs.
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