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15 local girls make All-District softball

NATCHEZ — A total of 15 players from Natchez were named All-District in MAIS softball this fall.

Adams County Christian School had 10 players named to the District 5-AA team, while five players from Trinity Episcopal were also named to the team.

Ashleigh Williams, Braxtyn Elveston, Nikki Worthey, Jessica Reynolds, Taylor Perkins and Tory Laird were selected to first-team All-District from ACCS, while Trinity’s Mallory Lancaster, Tali Beard and Marty Lewis were named first-team from Trinity.

Kailey Hutchins and Randa Morace from Trinity were named to the second team, and Abby Givens, Jordan Petty, Anna McDaniel and Brooke Runnels were selected as second teamers from ACCS.

Lady Rebels head coach Forrest Foster said it was highly unusual for 10 girls from one team to make All-District.

“It’s really special,” Foster said. “We had a real quality group of girls this year. They got a lot of playing time and learned the game over the years, and their experience made the difference (this season).”

Reynolds wasn’t just an All-District selection, but she was also named to the Clarion-Ledger’s All-State team for MAIS Class AA. Reynolds said being selected was shocking, but was also a big honor for her.

“There’s a lot of girls (playing softball), so I didn’t really expect it,” Reynolds said. “It makes me really glad that we worked hard and put in all the time that we did.”

Reynolds also said having 10 players selected All-District was a good reflection on her team.

“It shows that we have a lot of great athletes at our school,” Reynolds said. “It’s just a really big honor.”

Trinity head coach Chris Hutchins said it was great that five of his players were named All-District, especially with the roster numbers being down.

“We had a small number, but all the girls competed exceptionally well this year,” Hutchins said. “I’m not real big on individual awards, but I know it’s nice for the girls who did get it, so I’m glad they did.”

As the team’s lone senior, Morace said she was glad to make it three years in a row. She was a second-team selection last season and a first-team selection in 2010.

“I had a goal to make All-District,” Morace said. “I feel like I’ve achieved what I’ve been working for. My parents are really proud, because they push me really hard in softball.”

Morace also said she thinks the team has a bright future, even if she won’t be there to help them out.

“I know every player on our team is really good, but very young,” Morace said. “As they grow older, they’ll get even better and be really good the next few years.”