By Gene Phelps/NEMS Daily Journal
Chris Kidd, who coached Nettleton’s Lady Tigers to a third consecutive Class 3A state championship in fastpitch softball last month, will coach his final games on Saturday.
The 17-year coaching veteran, who compiled a 112-22 career record at Nettleton, retired from coaching to become an elementary school principal next year in Hatley.
The former Ingomar baseball standout enjoyed his years in coaching, but isn’t planning a return to coaching following this weekend’s games.
“I’ve had a great run and I’ve been fortunate and blessed,” he said. “Part of me is sad, but another part of me is looking forward to this next step.”
Kidd, along with assistant Dana Rhea, will coach the North 1A/2A/3A all-stars in the annual Mississippi Association of Coaches All-Star Softball Games at Newton County High School’s Mack Fanning Field in Decatur.
The first game is scheduled for 10 a.m. It will be followed by the 4A/5A/6A game. The second games in both matchups will follow the 4A/5A/6A opener.
The MAC’s 1A/2A/3A and 4A/5A/6A all-star slowpitch games are scheduled for a 5:30 p.m. start Friday at the same site.
The North 1A/2A/3A slowpitch coaches are Wheeler head coach Andy Richey and his assistant, James Shaw.
Joining the coaches from Northeast Mississippi will be 24 players from the area – 13 in fastpitch and 11 in slowpitch. Kidd’s 12-player roster features 11 of 12 players from the Daily Journal’s coverage area, including his stars – pitcher Michele Hester and catcher Hayley Parker.
“It’s an honor to be chosen to play in this game,” said Hester, who posted an 82-6 career record in the circle. “I’m really excited about playing and getting to meet new people.”
All the games feature a North versus South format and two-game series per classification.
Since the format was changed in 2006, the North leads the 1A/2A/3A slowpitch series 3-0-2 and the 4A/5A/6A games by a 3-0-2 margin.
In the fastpitch games, the South leads the 1A/2A/3A series with a 3-1-1 record while the 4A/5A/6A series is now tied at 2-2.
MAC All-Star Softball
At Newton County High School, Decatur
– 5:30 p.m. – 1A/2A/3A games, followed by 4A/5A/6A Saturday (Fastpitch)
– 10 a.m. – 1A/2A/3A games, followed by 4A/5A/6A
All-area softball teams coming on Sunday
– The Daily Journal will unveil its annual all-area softball team on Sunday, as well as the coach of the year and the player of the year.