Pet­ti­grew com­mits to Shorter Univer­sity

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst sherpst@npco.com

Lafayette High School ju­nior Madi­son Pet­ti­grew said that it has been her dream to play col­lege soft­ball since she was a lit­tle girl.

Last week, she took the first step to mak­ing that dream a re­al­ity as she used so­cial me­dia to an­nounce her ver­bal com­mit­ment to at­tend and play for Shorter Univer­sity.

“I de­cided it was time,” she ex­plained. “I like the at­mos­phere of the col­lege and it’s just 43 miles away from home. I just love the cam­pus and the school and I also have a friend that plays on my se­lect (soft­ball) team who is also com­mit­ted there, so it’s go­ing to be fun to con­tinue to play with her.”

Pet­ti­grew has been a key cog in the Lady Ram­blers’ rapid rise in Re­gion 6-AAAA. Af­ter hit­ting .356 with five dou­bles and 21 RBIS as a fresh­man, she earned re­gion CoPitcher of the Year sta­tus as a sopho­more to help Lafayette get to the state play­offs.

This past sea­son, she earned first team All-re­gion hon­ors by hit­ting .319 with six dou­bles, three homers and 19 RBIS as Lafayette fin­ished as re­gion run­ner-up and knocked off top-ranked Chapel Hill in the sec­ond round on its way to Colum­bus for the first time since 2008.

“It’s my first Lafayette High School com­mit and I couldn’t be prouder of her,” said Lady Ram­bler head coach Mea­gan Base. “I think she made a great choice stay­ing close to home since she’s kind of a home­town girl. I think she’ll do well over at Shorter. Her work ethic is what’s go­ing to take her far. She work­ing all the time in the cages or tak­ing pitch­ing les­sons. She’s 24/7 soft­ball all the time.”

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