Natchez-Adams Girls Softball League embraces all-stars, district

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, June 17, 2014

NATCHEZ — The closing ceremony for the 2014 season at Riana Flynn Field at the Natchez-Adams girls softball complex Monday night revealed all-stars and awarded the Riana Flynn scholarship following three playoff games .

One of those playoff games was for first place in the 9 and 10 year olds (Angels division) between Reagan Diesel and Guedon Farms. Reagan Diesel, coached by Charmaine Collier, won the game 8-3.

“It was pretty competitive,” Collier said. “It was our playoff. It was our championship It was close for every team. We had the best girls. We won first in our jamboree and first in our league.”

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When asked what she thought of having all-stars from several age divisions, Collier said, “I think it’s awesome it’s coming back. I played tournament ball from 5 until I was 18.”

Another playoff game that took place was for second and third place in the 13 through 15 year olds (Belles division) between Natchez Heating & Cooling and Super Auto Glass. The Paul Eidt-coached Natchez Heating & Cooling team won that game 16-6.

But how these two teams even ended playing each other in a playoff game to begin with was unique.

“We only had seven girls, which is the least amount you can have,” Eidt said. “We had to forfeit a game last week because we didn’t have enough players. The girls came out here and had a lot of heart.

“They were all winners regardless of the outcome. That broke the tie and put us in second place.”

The coach-pitch (Darlings division) also had a playoff game with first place on the line as Waste Pro defeated McDonald Collision.

During the closing ceremony, the Riana Flynn Memorial Scholarship, worth $500, was awarded to Amber Frye, a recent graduate of Adams County Christian School, will attend Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s main campus in Wesson this fall.

“It means a lot because I’ve been here since tee ball,” Frye said. “I was kind of nervous and shocked (when my name was announced).”

Amber is the daughter of Scott Frye and Denise Welch.

Near the end of the closing ceremonies, all-star players and coaches for the tee ball (Sweeties), coach-pitch, 9-10, 11-12 (Ponytails), and 13-15 age divisions were announced for the first time.

As for the reason each age division will be having all-stars, NAGSL board member Belinda Brashier said, “We are Dixie Girls Softball. We switched so the girls could play all-stars and go to district.

The tee ball all-stars, coached by Brian Fisher, are: Harlie Harveston, Julia Smith, Kolemyn Grace Fisher, Mia Wolfe, Penny Starr, Addison Smith, Madelyn Fielder, Jayda Myles, Olivia Hutchinson, Addison Massey, Emma Massey, and Allie Lindsey. The district tournament takes place in Monticello and begins June 21.

The coach-pitch all-stars, coached by Eric Jackson, are: Christian Jones, Gracie Lee, Reagan Rabb, Zyah Cornett, Blair Rutland, Camren Strittman, Maci Jones, Addison Jackson, Charity Brady, Kay-Lee Ashley, Saniyah Malone, and Skylar Hughes. The district tournament starts June 21 and will take place somewhere in Copiah County.

The 9-10 all-stars, coached by Charmaine Collier, are: Abby Fielder, Ratelon Nettles, Lexi Brown, Ava Reese, Presley Martin, Rebecca Ratcliff, Harley Craft, Marlee McGarry, Rileigh Walters, Abby Sistrunk, Brooke Collier, and Jaidyn Flowers. They will play in the state tournament, which starts July 11 and will take place at either Magee or Ellisville.

The 11-12 all-stars, coached by Kendra McIntosh, are: Alyssa McIntosh, Destniee Green, Drue Boyd, Geri Brumfield, Katie Wilson, Carleigh Sproulls, Grace Richardson, Ashley Frye, Asya Terrell, Candi Gray, Jayde Haller, and Za’Nya Lyles. The district tournament will begin June 28 and will take place somewhere in Copiah County.

The 13-15 all-stars, coached by Angie Carter, are: Allison Carter, Bailey Boyd, Christi Ballard, Mackenzie Boyd, Madison Newman, Syndey O’Quinn, Bethany Barnes, Deborah Rymer, Destiny Lyles, Jordan McCranie, Morgan Blanton, and Brianna Carlton. The district tournament will be hosted at a date later this month to be determined at the Natchez-Adams Girls softball complex.