From Staff Reports
Northwest Whitfield High School graduate Emily Boyd, the Lady Bruins’ softball ace for the past four seasons, started and pitched four innings Wednesday as the North All-Stars beat the South 4-3 to split a doubleheader at the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s All-Star Softball Showcase.
The contests pit the top 16 players from all classifications in the northern half of the state versus the same from the southern half, with those players chosen by coaches during the GACA’s All-State Team selection meeting in the fall. The South won Wednesday afternoon’s opening game at Alto Park in Rome 5-1.
The North was led by Gordon Lee coach Dana Mull, while Northwest coach Jason Brooker, who led the Lady Bruins to the Class 4A state title last year in his first season, was an assistant.
Brooker said Boyd “wasn’t as sharp as normal, but a lot of them weren’t. But it was a great experience getting to see the other girls.”
He said Boyd, who has signed with Ole Miss, gave up three runs, with one earned. No official book was kept, he said, and so no further statistical details were available. She did not figure in the decision, however.
In addition to the games, the teams spend two days together practicing and taking part in other activities such as going to the movies and bowling, Brooker said.
“It was just a good experience to be around” a group that included more than 20 players headed for Division I programs, Brooker added.
Brooker will be the head coach for next Wednesday’s Stump on Sports Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Classic, in which recent high school graduates from a dozen counties in northwestern Georgia take on their counterparts from the Volunteer State. Boyd and former fellow Lady Bruins third baseman Mykeah Johnson are expected to play in that doubleheader, along with Dalton’s Allie Blackwood and Carson Hagin and Southeast Whitfield’s Tavi Parris.
First pitch at Chattanooga’s Frost Stadium is set for 6 p.m.