It was an emotional night April 7, as the eight seniors on the varsity softball team at Zachary High School were honored by their teammates, coaches and families following the squad’s 6-5 win over Walker.
The girls were recognized on Senior Night for the dedication they’ve shown to the Lady Bronco softball program the past four years.
“Our challenge to them has always been to leave the program with an unforgettable legacy, and these young ladies have gone beyond expectations to elevate this program in a positive direction,” head coach Leslie Efferson-Yellott said.
Honored were twin sisters Mia and Mya Anderson-Joseph, who moved to Zachary from Texas in 2014. Mia plays shortstop and Mya occasionally plays second base.
At their former high school, Mia was selected to the All-District first team while Mya was named to the All-District second team. Both have lettered in softball since attending ZHS and plan to attend Southern University. Their parents are George and Cosha Joseph.
Consistent hitter Hannah Dixon is a four-year varsity letterman, who has earned numerous awards while on the squad, including two Academic Letterman awards, All-District first team outfield, All-District first team infield and All-Metro second team infield. Dixon is the starting second baseman for the Lady Broncos and the daughter of Cliff and Tonya Dixon.
She plans to attend Southeastern Louisiana University.
Pitcher Baylie Doiron is another four-year varsity letterman with plenty of accolades, including All-District honorable mention, All-District first team pitcher in 2014 and 2015, All-Metro first team pitcher, All-State first team utility player and most recently, pitcher for the All-Star East team in LHSAA’s All-Star game to be played in May.
Doiron, a Spring Hill College signee, averages 11 strikeouts per game and is the daughter of Chad and Kimberly Doiron.
Team manager Caly James primarily played first base for the Lady Broncos her first three years at ZHS but was injured during her junior year. She volunteered to assist as a team manager this year, Efferson-Yellott said. James plans to attend McNeese State University to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. She is the daughter of Richard and Laura James.
Malloree Milton has played multiple positions on the team, including catcher in her freshman year, but she was injured her sophomore year and began working as an outfielder.
As a senior, she accepted yet another position change and is the starting third baseman for the Lady Broncos. Milton plans to attend the University of Louisiana at Monroe to become a dental hygienist. Her parents are Sal and Carmen Yenni.
A four-year member of the Lady Broncos and three-year varsity letterman, Tegan Scott was selected as an outfielder for the All District second team in 2015. She has worked hard to improve her skills daily, becoming a left-handed batter and tremendous outfielder, said Efferson-Yellott.
Scott, who plans on attending Xavier in the fall to become a pharmacist, was recognized on Senior Night with her father Christopher Scott by her side.
Senior Lakyn Wales started out playing third base as a freshman but quickly worked hard to learn the catching position. She lettered all four years for the Lady Broncos and has been selected as an All-District first team catcher, All-Metro second team utility player and All-District honorable mention.
Wales also earned two scholarships to play softball at LSU-Eunice with plans to continue her education at a four-year university. She is the daughter of John and Diana Wales.
Joining Efferson-Yellott and assistant coaches Robert Yellott, Rudy Koppenol, Rennen Delatte and Mike Smith in honoring the eight seniors Thursday were juniors Abby Lewis and Carly Schenk; sophomores Samantha Bankston, Bailee Bowlin, Kaijah Nelson, Macie Pampell and Abriane Parker; and freshmen Rachel Bowman, Ashley Lopez, Carsyn Martel, Kyra Washington and Alyssa Wittig.