Though most attention was centered around football players on National Signing Day, two softball players from Zachary High School were recognized at their own signing event Feb. 5.
Lady Broncos pitcher Baylie Doiron and catcher Lakyn Wales sealed deals with Spring Hill College and LSU-Eunice, respectively, while supported by parents, family, teammates, coaches from the Lady Broncos team, Athletic Director Jesse Cassard and Superintendent Scott Devillier.
Doiron and Wales also are members of the Louisiana Blazers Gold Elite tournament team, a fast pitch softball squad. Coaches from that team attended the girls’ signing ceremony.
Besides Doiron and Wales, eight additional Louisiana Blazers players have recently signed or committed with area junior colleges.
Both girls have played for Zachary High head coach Leslie Efferson-Yellott for four years of high school.
In 2014, Doiron was named first team All-District pitcher. Last season, she struck out one of every three batters she faced on the mound for 285 strikeouts.
At the plate, Doiron was .667 in district, earning a first team All-District nod, as well as first team All-Metro and All-State recognition. She is the daughter of Chad and Kimberly Doiron.
In her junior year, Wales batted .444 in district, earning a first team All-District honor, and had a fielding percentage of .994. The highest a player can achieve is 1.000, assistant coach Robert Yellott said.
Wales, who also earned a second team All-Metro nod, is the daughter of Thré and Alé Wales.
“Lakyn is proof that hard work pays off. She wasn’t a catcher when she came to us, but now she is one of the best in the state,” said Efferson-Yellott. “Baylie came to us as a pitcher but struggled a bit as a freshman. By her sophomore year, she became our ‘go-to’ person.”
Efferson-Yellott predicts that great things will come to the two players.
“They are amazing young ladies first and great softball players second. I can’t wait to see what they do next,” she said.
Each player expressed thanks to their families, friends, coaches and teammates for supporting them throughout their high school softball careers.
Both players will help lead the Lady Broncos during their first home game against Hahnville at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Zachary Youth Park.