Quitman head coach Justin Dodson was named Coach of the Year in Class B by the Louisiana Softball Coaches Association (LSCA)while three of his girls were selected to the elite team. It wouldn’t be surprising if the recent announcement made isn’t repeated many more times over the next several year either, especially when considering that Maggie Guyotte just finished the 7th grade, Deal the 8th and Chaplin her freshman year in high school.
The statistics compiled by the three that played intergral roles in leading Quitman to a 27-8 overall record, the district 2B championship and a spot in the Class B state semifinals were simply astounding. A seventh grader isn’t supposed to be hitting .436 on the year and leading tying for her team lead with seven home runs not to mention driving in 38 runs and scoring 34. Neither is an 8th grader supposed to compile a .500 batting average, score 40 runs and drive in 32 while also compiling a 15-6 record on the mound and striking out 181 batters in 133 innings pitched. Then there is the 9th grader who hit .343 for the season scored 55 runs, knocked in 30 and stole a Class B best 31 bases.
“I am blessed to have these three on my team,” said Dodson. “The best part of it is that there are several more young players on our team who are just as talented and without a doubt will make a name for themselves as well over the next few years as well.”
Also being named to the elite team selected from schools whose head coaches are members of the LSCA was 9th grader, Jordan Williams of Saline, who has family roots in Jackson Parish.