MT. JULIET â€” The success Mt. Julietâ€™s softball and baseball teams have enjoyed in recent years spilled over into college scholarships Wednesday as four Lady Bears and a Golden Bear put their autographs on the dotted lines.
Pitcher Shelby Morris is headed to East Tennessee State on a softball scholarship while third baseman Hannah Irwin is going to Belmont, right-fielder Shelby Barrett to Middle Tennessee State and left-fielder Caroline Mason to Lipscomb.
Baseball pitcher/infielder Josh Cotham will join Mason at Lipscomb.
â€œI couldnâ€™t be more proud of these four young ladies,â€ softball coach Kacey Pedigo said. â€œThey are an integral part of what we have done the last three seasons.
â€œThree-year reocrd with these ladies is 112-37, state runners up the last two years, district and region champs the last two years. But there is more to come this year.â€
Mason was believed to be the stateâ€™s top home-run hitter last year with 19. She batted .408 with a .658 on-base percentage. She fielded .996.
Barrett batted .336 with a .502 on-base percentage and .998 fielding percentage.
Cotham led the Golden Bears with a .365 average, 10 home runs and 12 doubles and was second in runs batted in with 37. On the mound, the right-hander went 4-4 with a 1.58 earned-run average with 56 strikeouts in 48 2/3 innings. The National Honor Society student with a 4.2 weighted grade-point average helped Mt. Juliet go 34-12 with a District 9-AAA championship and sectional appearance last spring.
â€œGreat kid, very good this season leading us in several offensive categories,â€ Purvis said. â€œEnd of the season he was one of our better pitchers. Looking for another big season out of him this year.â€