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Leggett named MAC fast-pitch Coach of Year

After winning six softball state championships at Bogue Chitto, and the fast-pitch state championship in 2017, Scott Leggett was named Mississippi Association of Coaches fast-pitch Coach of the Year.

“It’s definitely a great honor,” Leggett said. “It was our girls that carried us. We’ve had a great group of girls throughout the years. “

Bogue Chitto appeared in 11 state championship series during Leggett’s 14-year tenure at Bogue Chitto, including a stellar 4-1 mark in fast-pitch state championship series.

The Bobcats won the 1A state championship series against Hamilton in two games in 2017.

After the 2017 season, Bogue Chitto went up to 2A and were put in the district with all of the 2A county teams. The Bobcats finished third, and won their first round playoff series.

In the second round, the Bobcats took on St. Patrick and lost two highly-contested games to the Irish. St. Patrick went on to win the 2A state championship later that month.

“With being in 2A, it was new to us,” Leggett said. “We knew, both in fast-pitch and slow-pitch that we were going to face tougher competition.  We knew in the get-go in fast-pitch our district was going to be competitive.  We made the playoffs as the three seed, but we were right there with St. Patrick. We had our opportunity to win that series.”

Leggett turned Bogue Chitto into a powerhouse program during his tenure. The Bobcats played for state championships in his first three seasons there, winning their first one in 2007 in slow pitch.

“Bogue Chitto was a very good program before I got there,” Leggett said. “When I first got there, the game was new to me. I slowly learned the game.”

The reception for the Mississippi Association of Coaches will be Friday night in Jackson.