Houston Academy hitter earns statewide honors

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Knocking it out of the park is just another day on the diamond for Houston Academy’s Jaysoni Beachum.

She earned multiple honors from the Alabama Sports Writers Association.

Coming off of a huge sophomore season Beachum was named to first team All-State and earned the title of Class 3A Hitter of the Year.

She says everybody has their thing and hers is at the plate.

“I’m just thinking find my pitch, something I can drive and once it’s there, hit it,” Beachum said.

The standout never stops working on developing her craft.

Even late at night, her and her parents will pick up a bat and some balls and start swinging.

“I like to get reps in every single day,” Beachum said. “So the days we do have games I’m like, ‘Mom, Dad, can you come with me? I still got to go get some reps in.’ It can be nine o’clock at night and they’ll still come with me and I love their support.”

Beachum also credited her hitting coach Jake Kirkland with contributing to her success.

And when the Raider has off days she says you just have to keep swinging.

“Of course sometimes it does look like a beach ball and sometimes it looks like a small pea,” Beachum said. “I just think keep swinging and I know that my team’s got my back and we pick each other up which helps.”

The slugger won the Dothan Diamond Classic’s Kasey Cooper Home Run Derby back in April hitting 50 over the fence in the championship round.

She had a .475 batting average and 19 home runs which was the third most in the state.

But that’s not enough, next year she wants to be even better so she’s playing on a travel ball team.

“Just traveling different places, working on different things, just playing a couple games here and there,” Beachum said. “I’m going to some camps and of course working on my own.”

Beachum can’t wait to have an even more successful season with the Raiders her junior year.

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