Sidney Lay, a star pitcher, and hitter for the Colusa RedHawks’ varsity softball team last season, was named to the Cal-Hi Sports 2017 Small Schools All-State Softball team, making her the only Colusa County athlete to make the organization’s All-State softball team this year.
Lay was named to First Team Multi-Purpose – awarded to players who excel both in the circle and at the plate.
The soon-to-be senior did just that last season: Lay helped lead the way on both sides of the ball for the RedHawks, en route to a Northern Section Division V Championship.
Colusa defeated East Nicolaus 1-0 in extra innings, thanks in large part to the complete-game effort orchestrated by the then-junior pitcher. She allowed just six hits total and just one extra-base hit in eight innings of shutout softball.
That championship, Lay said, was more important than any individual accolades she received. But since the RedHawks did end up earning themselves a championship banner and rings last season, Lay said she was able to appreciate her selection to the All-State team all the more.
“Individual awards don’t really mean that much to me because what I’m concerned about is how my team finishes at the end of the season,” Lay said. “As a team this year, we won a section championship and beat some of the teams that beat us the year before… (and) learning I was named to the Cal-Hi All-State team was exciting… it was something new for my junior year that I hadn’t quite acquired yet.”
Lay said that it was a teammate on her competitive softball team that informed her she had made the cut. While she has received All-Area, All-League, and All-Section recognition throughout her three-year prep career, this was Lay’s first All-State nod. She said it was particularly exciting to be honored alongside Sutter High School’s Sam Anderson, who plays catcher for the Huskies.
“We have played together since I was about eight years old,” Lay said.
Lay’s batting average was an eye-popping .546 on the season. She went 65-for-119 with 22 doubles, four home runs, and 51 RBI. She finished the season 21-3 in the circle as the RedHawks’ ace, finishing with a 1.00 ERA; she struck out 87 batters and walked just four in the process. ■