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Softball - Thu, Jun. 29, 2017

BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. – Blue Mountain College Softball got possibly its biggest signing in the program's history recently, inking Darby Bishop of Hickory, Miss. for the 2018 season.

Bishop, a four-time 4A state champion at Newton County High School and two-time JUCO national champion at LSU-Eunice, has a plethora of awards attached to her name.

To go along with her six title rings, Bishop has been an all-state selection four years in high school, the Miss. 4A Player of the Year, a Max Prep All-American her sophomore, junior and senior years, the Clarion Ledger Miss. Softball Award Winner and the Miss. Gatorade Player of the Year.

At LSU-E, Bishop hit .480 during her freshman year, blasting 12 home runs, compiling 80 RBI and scoring 50 runs.  She also slugged an incredible .758, making her one of the nation's best JUCO players and capturing an All-American slot in NJCAA Division II and the Marucci Hitting Award.

Andy Lee, LSU-E head coach, said of Bishop, "Darby's bat was one of the productive staples in the middle of our lineup the past two seasons.  Without her consistency, I do not believe we would have been as accomplished as a team."

During her sophomore year at LSU-E, Bishop hit .382, blasted five home runs, drove in 51 runs and slugged .560.  During both JUCO years, she struck out only 12 times in 389 at-bats.

"Darby is a great fit for our team," BMC head coach Tyler Herring said.  "We were looking for someone to add to our offense and someone who could be a leader, and I think she perfectly answers the call to that role.  She is a great hitter who can be very intimidating at the plate and we have a big freshman class that will need leadership, so we know she has a winning mentality that makes people gravitate toward her.  We anticipate her holding down the middle of the lineup and generating runs.  We are happy to have her here at BMC."


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