BC trio ready for the next level

Published 7:39 pm Friday, January 21, 2011

BOGUE CHITTO – Shortstop Josie Porter, second baseman BradiDavis and catcher Darcy Miller have been a big part of BogueChitto’s success in fast-pitch and slow-pitch softball for years.In their combined skills, they have earned state championship gold,twice in slow-pitch softball during the fall season and once infast-pitch softball with possibility of a repeat coming thisMay.

The Bogue Chitto trio is looking to continue that high level ofsuccess as they prepare for the next level after signing softballscholarships with the Copiah-Lincoln Community College LadyWolves.

On a warm and sunny Thursday afternoon, the Bogue Chitto trio wasvery excited as their smiles lit up the school’s library. They weresurrounded by family and coaches for the special ceremony.

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“I am thrilled about the opportunity and I’m ready to start playingnow,” said Davis. She plans to pursue a major in the medicalfield.

“I am ready for some tougher competition,” said Porter. She isundecided on what career she wants to pursue.

“I want us to be successful and I want to do the things that got mehere,” said Miller. She is also undecided on what career she wantsto pursue.

Bogue Chitto softball coach Scott Leggett’s face was lit up withjoy as he watched his three standout players sign up for theirwell-deserved scholarships.

“This is a happy day and a big moment for these girls. They havewon a bunch of games and accomplished a lot at Bogue Chitto,”Leggett said. “Hopefully they can continue to carry on thetradition as they move forward to Co-Lin. I wish them the best ofluck.”

Co-Lin head softball coach Allen Kent said he was happy to have theBC trio join his Lady Wolves.

“We are really excited about these three young ladies,” said Kent.”They are proven winners with great work ethics. Hustle, grit anddetermination are three things that come to mind when thinking ofwords to describe them. “They’re not necessarily the biggest,strongest athletes, but they each seem to get the most out of theirathletic ability.

“In addition to their success at Bogue Chitto, these girls haveextensive summer ball experience that has definitely helped withschool ball,” continued Kent. “They have come up playing balltogether and I know Coach Leggett will hate to lose them after thisseason.”

Porter, a 5-foot-6 right-hander, is the daughter of Tony and AnniePorter. In her high school career, prior to her senior year, shehas batted .396. She has a .542 on base percentage and a .620slugging percentage. She has stolen 64 bases and hit 19 double and16 triples.

“Josie is an outstanding defensive player with great instincts,”said Kent. “She gets a good jump on the ball and has a strong,accurate arm. She doesn’t mind getting dirty and takes away a lotof base hits on defense. Josie also hits the ball hard and is oneof the fastest runners in our district.”

Davis, a 5-foot-2 right-hander, is the daughter of Chuck and StaceyDavis. In her high school career, prior to her senior year, she hasposted a .360 batting average while owning a .506 on-basepercentage and her fielding percentage is .941.

“Bradi has developed as a slapper and we look for her to continueto improve,” said Kent. “She has the potential to become even moredangerous as a power slapper. Bradi has very good speed and isaggressive on the bases. In addition to playing a very solid secondbase, she gained some valuable experience in the outfield thissummer.”

Miller, a 5-foot-6 right-hander, is the daughter of Timmy andDarlene Miller. In her high school career, prior to her senioryear, she supported a .975 fielding percentage as she is well knownfor her rifle arm around Lincoln County. Offensively, she averageda .530 slugging percentage and has a .385 batting average.

“Darcy receives the ball well and has a strong arm as a catcher,”Kent said. “She has a very quick release and a reputation thatyou’d better not try and steal on her. Darcy is also a goodoutfielder and can cover a lot of ground. She handles the bat welland has good speed.”

Kent, entering his ninth season as head coach of the Lady Wolves,has been busy this week signing three Enterprise standoutsWednesday: catcher Karla Beth Hux, pitcher Chynna Coghlan andoutfielder Kaitlin Moak. On Tuesday, catcher Shelby Mitchell ofLawrence County signed.

In the near future, Kent said he planned to sign infielder KaitlanMelton of Adams County Christian School, and pitcher JenniferStaruska of New Caney, Texas.

His squads have compiled a 240-86 record, while boasting five NJCAAAll-Americans and 12 Academic All-Americans.

The Lady Wolves were national runners-up in 2008 and finished thirdin the NJCAA National Tournament in 2006. The 2010 team posted arecord of 30-18.