Softball says so long for now — Part 2 in series looks at Loyd Star Lady Hornets, Bogue Chitto Lady Bobcats
Lincoln County and the surrounding area was a hotbed of softball talent throughout the 2018 fast-pitch season, with six of seven teams competing reaching the postseason, and four area schools wining district titles.
In this article, part two in a series, The Daily Leader looks at the softball teams in the area and how they finished the season.
The Lady Hornets had a strong season, finishing the year at 12-12, but they had an impressive 4-2 mark within their district which gave them the No. 2 seed in the MHSAA 2A playoffs.
Loyd Star went 4-0 against West Lincoln and Bogue Chitto, but fell twice in two closely-contested games with Enterprise to take the second seed.
In the playoffs, Loyd Star took on Pisgah in the first round, and they dispatched the Lady Dragons with relative ease, knocking them off 11-4 and 2-1 to advance to the second round against Taylorsville.
Loyd Star hosted the first game of the second-round series against the Lady Tartars and took a game one win, setting them up to travel to Taylorsville needing only one win to advance to the third round.
The win never came, as Taylorsville bounced back at home and knocked off Loyd Star 11-4 and 2-1 to end the Lady Hornets’ season.
The Bobcats moved up to 2A in the 2018 fast-pitch season after winning multiple state championships at the 1A level, and they didn’t miss a beat.
Bogue Chitto posted a winning record at 14-11 and made the playoffs as the No. 3 seed.
The Lady Bobcats took on Puckett in the first round of the MHSAA 2A playoffs, and sophomore pitcher Codi Leggett stymied them, pitching the Bobcats to two shutouts of 3-0 and 8-0.
In the second round, eventual state champion St. Patrick came to town and knocked off Bogue Chitto 3-2 in the first game of the series.
The Lady Bobcats headed to the coast needing two wins to advance in the playoffs, but the Irish got it done in only one game, knocking off the Bobcats 3-2 to move on to the third round of the playoffs.
Bogue Chitto was strong at the plate this season, hitting over .320 as a team.
Codi Leggett led the Lady Bobcats in hitting with a .461 batting average, and a slugging percentage of .671. Leggett had an OPS of 1.189 for the season.
Kayci Beth Wallace hit .375 for the Lady Bobcats, and had an OPS of .850.
Leggett was the driving force on the mound for Bogue Chitto as well, as she threw every playoff inning for the Lady Bobcats.
For the year, Leggett posted 13 wins and struck out 130 hitters in 141.2 innings and boasted a 1.53 ERA.