Rikki Williams takes a swing in her final game as a Lady Cougar. (Submitted Photo)
Rikki Williams won't soon forget her softball career at Starkville Christian School.
She should also fondly remember her final game with the Lady Cougars on Monday.
Williams had three hits, including an inside park home run in her final at-bat, and also sparkled on defense on Kayln F. Kurtz Memorial Field at the Starkville Sportsplex.
"She's fast, athletic and loves swinging the bat," Starkville Christian softball coach Greg Carlisle said. "We're glad she was able to play with us this year."
Even though the Lady Cougars lost a 27-8 decision to Winona Christian in five innings and finished the season with a 4-4-1 record, Williams enjoyed the season with coaches and teammates.
She was recognized prior to the game for being the only senior for Starkville Christian this season.
"It's been a blessing and they are all loving," Williams said. "I love this team and it's like a family. I'm going to miss them all tremendously."
After taking a year off from the game, Williams didn't seem to have missed a beat when joining the Lady Cougars.
Williams was a mainstay in the second position of the batting order for Carlisle and was one of the main offensive threats.
"Rikki has done really well and I've been really proud of her for coming out this year," Carlisle said.
Winona Christian jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning, but Starkville Christian answered back with five runs on four hits in its half of the frame to cut the margin to one run.
The visitors put a three spot up in the second frame before the Lady Cougars got within 9-7 with a pair of runs in the second.
Winona Christian broke the game open with one run in the fourth and 17 more in the fifth.
"They played hard the first three inning and stuck with them," Carlisle said. "Winona is a good ball team. They hit the ball and made plays. We just had to step up and make plays."
Williams' inside the park homer in the bottom of the fifth inning closed the scoring for the game and the season for SCS.
Kayla Williamson had three singles for the Lady Cougars as she teammed with Williams to get six of the 10 hits for the squad.
Carlisle said Starkville Christian plans to build on the experience gained this season and start building a fastpitch team in the fall.
Williams was glad to see the strides of the program.
"They've all progressed so well," Williams said. "Every game, I see them get better and better. I'm proud of them."
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