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|Randall, Brallier lead All-Parish Team|
Vidalia senior Kassi Randall was convinced her senior year would not end the same way her junior year ended.
After hitting .291 for a team that won only one game, Randall wanted to go out on a higher note.
And even though the Lady Vikings won only six games this past season, Randall improved her hitting by more than 140 points, finishing with a team-high .444 batting average.
Randall led the Lady Vikings with 22 runs batted in and 26 doubles.
"I worked harder before the season and I took a lot of reps in the batting cage," Randall said. "I attended the LSU softball camp and they got me to change my swing some."
One problem with Randall's swing developed after she tore her miniscus in her right knee, damaging some cartilage and scar tissue.
"Last year I was tentative driving off my right foot," Randall said. "I could feel it every time I did it. With my new swing I was driving off my back foot. It was hard to get used to at first."
But Randall said by the time she starting practicing, the swing was more comfortable and she was hitting the ball the way she wanted.
"I was very comfortable by the first game," she said.
Vidalia would end up winning five games, two in district.
"We were more competitive," Randall said. "But it was always one inning that would be our undoing where we would just fall apart."
Randall plans on attending Northwestern in Jonesville before eventually moving on to Louisiana Tech and possibly trying out for the softball team.
"I still want to play," said Randall, who plans on majoring in Kineosology while also taking up sports photography. "I was putting on my uniform today (Monday) and realized it would be the last time I put it on. I'm going to miss it."
Randall, who played first base at Vidalia, is the Parish Player of the Year, while Monterey coach Hazel Brallier is the Coach of the Year.
The Lady Wolves end their season at 11-15, falling to Zwolle 3-2 in eighth innings in a Class B first round playoff game.
Monterey was rated No. 18 going into the playoffs, while Zwolle is seeded at No. 15.
"We were competitive," Brallier said. "We had some accidents occur with players, but had other players step up. We lost some games we should have won. But next year should be a lot different."
Monterey eighth-grader Paige Bryan and Vidalia High freshman Laura Perrilloux are the all-Parish pitchers.
Bryan, 8-9, struck out 105 and walked 14 for the year. She also batted .308.
Monterey junior Taylor Morace is the catcher. Morace hit .276.
The infield consists of Player of the Year Kassi Randall,
Vidalia junior Caitlyn Hendricks , Monterey sophomore Ellen Bairnsfather, Vidalia Eryn Secrest Monterey senior Ariel Hector and Vidalia sophomore Kennedy Beard.
Bairnsfather led the Lady Wolves with a .438 batting average and had 36 stolen bases.
Eryn Secrest batted .342 with 17 RBI.
Hector batted .291 for Monterey.
Hendricks hit .261 for the Lady Vikings with eighth RBI. The designated hitter is Monterey eighth-grader Karlee Woodruff, who it .284.
The outfield consists of Vidalia Lauren Secrest and Monterey eighth-graders Sarah Sims and Karlee Woodruff.
Sims hit .246, while Woodruff batted .284.
Lauren Secrest batted .293 with four triples.
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