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June 6, 2014

Newton Co.’s Bishop grabs POTY honors

DECATUR — DECATUR — Newton County High School pitcher Darby Bishop added another award to her trophy case Thursday.

Bishop, who helped lead Newton County to a MHSAA Class 4A softball title this past season, was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Mississippi softball. After receiving the PopStar Fastpitch Award earlier this year, Bishop said she's humbled by Gatorade recognizing her efforts on the diamond. She was also shocked to find out about it, she added.

"(Head) Coach (Justin) Chaney called me a second ago and told me," Bishop said Thursday night. "I worked hard for it, and I couldn't have gotten it without my teammates and all the support I have."

Bishop batted more than .600 on the season and excelled on the mound, where she had a 44-0 record the past two seasons. According to Gatorade's website, she pitched to a 1.53 ERA this spring.

"It's a tremendous honor for that young lady," Chaney said. "I'm proud for her, because I know the many long hours she puts in and all the stuff behind the scenes that people don't know about. She'll first and foremost tell you she loves to win, and to cap off all these awards with a state championship is a tremendous year for her and her teammates."

The many hours perfecting her craft don't always come easy, Bishop said, but the accolades make them more than worth it.

"I work year round, and sometimes I don't like to, but after I get these awards, I know it pays off," she said.

It's also nice being able to represent Newton County on a national stage, Bishop said.

"I like it when our school gets a lot of attention, because we have a lot of good athletes that do well," she said.

Chaney said any positive publicity is a good thing for Newton County.

"To have someone recognized as one of the best in the state, that can't do anything but help," he said. "We'll take all the publicity we can get as long as it's positive."

Bishop is the daughter of Shea and Randy Bishop.

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