photo by Advocate Staff - Patrick DennisOutstanding Player: Baylie Doiron, Zachary
Doiron had a hand — and most often a solid pitching arm — in nearly everything the Broncos did to advance to the Class 5A title game. Doiron pitched every inning of every game and finished 26-6 with 328 strikeouts and a 1.73 ERA. Opponents batted just .189 against Doiron, who also hit .379 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs.
Coach of the Year: Leslie Efferson-Yellott, Zachary
Skeptics may have questioned the Broncos’ No. 2 playoff seed, but there was no doubt about Efferson-Yellott’s ability to game-plan and implore her team to win. Zachary advanced to the state title game for the first time in 24 years and was the 5A runner-up.
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When Courtney Liddle Barbour watched Zachary High play in the Class 5A title-game at the LHSAA State Softball tournament, she was focused on recruiting.
At the time, Barbour was an assistant coach at McNeese State. Barbour was hired as the head softball coach at Zachary on Thursday.
“I already knew a good bit about Zachary because we looked at a couple of their players,” Barbour said. “By watching the final, I got a chance to see the talent Zachary had, not only with those seniors but also the younger players.
“It’s one of those things that worked out well for me and I’m so thankful for this opportunity. Zachary is one of the best schools in the state. I’m excited and ready to get started.”
Zachary softball standout Baylie Doiron’s perspective of pitching has changed over the years
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --Zachary starting pitcher Baylie Doiron (15), warms up in the third inning of Zachary's 5-0 win over Natchitoches Central Monday in a Class 5-A playoff game.
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For the majority of her softball career, Baylie Doiron thought of herself as a hitter. Pitcher was just the position she played.
That all changed the past three years in a big way. Proof comes in this form — Zachary’s Doiron is one of the pitchers for the East team going into the LHSCA all-star games set for Friday and Saturday at Louisiana College in Pineville. Game times are 6 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.
“I’ve never seen the all-star games, but I know a couple of people who played in them and I’m looking forward to it,” Doiron said. “Being on the same field with the best players in Louisiana. … That’s exciting for me.
“I’m going in there with the idea that I’ll have a chance to see a lot and learn a lot. It’s a great opportunity.”