“Young Guns” highlight Jackson Parish Journal’s 2022 Softball Dream Team

Neither is even old enough to be licensed by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles, but they have already been certified by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA), Louisiana Softball Coaches Association (LSCA) and District 2B of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA), as two of the best preps that play the game of softball -TWICE!
Cali Deal and Maggie Guyotte have also now earned top honors on the inaugural Jackson Parish Journal 2022 Softball Dream Team. Joining the dynamic duo of young guns and giving Quitman High a sweep of the year end awards is their coach Justin Dodson.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Cali Deal, Quitman High School
Following her stellar, freshman season Cali “The Real” Deal is a back-to-back, first team Class B All-Stater. If there would have been a Dream Team last year, the lanky lefty, would be the back-to-back winner of Player of the Year honors as well.
Firing a 62-64 mph fastball from 45 feet away, the district 2B MVP struck out 191 batters in just 108 innings while compiling a 12-5 record against one of the toughest schedules in the state. This included a pair of no-hitters and three, one-hitters. Nine times she struck out 10 more batters, topped by a 17 K performance in district play and taking down 15 on strikes in the first round of the Class B playoffs.
That is reason enough for Deal to be rated as the 34th best player in the nation for the Class of 2025 but her burgeoning star power glows even brighter through her accomplishments on offense. Her .552 batting average and 15 doubles was a team and Jackson Parish best. She also finished second in the parish with 48 hits, 41 RBI’s and six home runs.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Maggie Guyotte, Quitman High School
Guyotte has registered 98 hits, 18 home runs, 84 RBI and scored 71 runs over the last two years earning her back-to-back, first team All-State designation by the LSCA. She has also been given Honorable Mention honors on the LSWA Class B All State squad both years. This would be impressive numbers for a career but incredibly, Guyotte has put up these gaudy stats before she has even entered high school.
On pace to obliterate every power record in the parish before she is through, the elite, eighth grader set a new school record with 11 home runs this year and led the parish with 46 RBI. With the addition of 37 runs scored, Guyotte was only one of two to be in the 30/30 club of runs scored and RBI. Her 1.565 OPS (on base plus slugging percentage) was best in the parish and no one turned on a power display as the “Baby Bomber” who hit a home run in five consecutive games, including two in one. Possessive of a rocket right arm, Guyotte was also a beast in the circle where she struck out 53 batters in 53.2 innings while compiling a second best parish mark of 10 wins against only two losses.

COACH OF THE YEAR – Justin Dodson, Quitman High School
As being the only coach in the parish to record a winning season, Dodson was pretty much a shoo in for Coach of the Year honors. It would have been hard not to honor him the award regardless, after engineering a second straight, undefeated district winning campaign and 20 plus win season. Not only impressive given the difficulty of the schedule they have played but a tremendous feat considering that over the last two years, Quitman has had only one senior on the team, including none this year.

Jackson Parish Journal 2022 Softball Dream Team

Madison “Maddie” Kay Brymer – QHS: The LSCA two time, first team LSCA all stater, led the parish with 51 hits and ended the year with a second best .531 batting average. Her 39 RBI and 34 runs scored earned her distinction as the only other member of the 30/30 club. In 96 at bats, Brymer struck out only five times.
Madeline Vail – QHS: With an opening game 4/4 effort that included 3 doubles, 4 RBI, 4 runs scored and a stolen base, the speedy infielder burst onto the scene that ended with her earning LSCA first team all-state honors. By season end Vail had scored 50 runs and stolen 28 bases, both Jackson Parish best’s while batting a solid .407 for the year. Perhaps her most impressive stat of all was the fact that she got hit by a pitch (3) more times than she struck out all year, which was only twice in 91 at bats.
Madison Chaplin – QHS: Set a school record with seven stolen bases in one game. Finished with 26 thefts on the year, good for second in the parish, while scoring 43 runs and ending the year with a .427 batting average. Possessive of a keen “eye” at the plate, Chaplin struck out only six times in 96 at bats.
Skylar Hall – QHS: One of three members on the Quitman team to end the year with at least 30 runs scored, 20 RBI and 20 stolen bases, Hall batted .423 on the year. Her career high, 6 RBI outing against Class 5A Parkway was tops on the team for a single game.
Jacie Ledford – WHS: Her 23 hits, 18 RBI and .418 batting average were all team leaders for the Lady Wolves. Only player on the team to score four runs and knock in three runs more in the same game.
Lexi Barmore – WHS: Came on late in the year to lead Weston with four home runs, including taters in three straight games. Tied for team lead in runs scored. Her .388 batting average was second best on the team as was her 16 RBI.
Zoie Anderson – JHHS: First team all-district 1-2A player led the Lady Tigers in virtually every statistical category at the plate and on the mound. Pitched the first shut out that JHHS has recorded in several years

HONORABLE MENTION
Betty McCarty (WHS), Josie Irvin (WHS) Taylor Chatham (WHS), Emma Kate McBride (WHS), A’Brianna Paggett (JHHS), Averie Williams (QHS), Karley Huckaby (QHS)

 


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