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my fresh­man year be­cause I’m go­ing down there as a util­ity player with the po­ten­tial of start­ing. I played catcher ( at Her­itage), but I was re­cruited as a util­ity player.”

Her­itage head coach Tanner Moore said Lowe’s shoes would be nearly im­pos­si­ble to fill.

“She’s such a great leader and we’re go­ing to miss her,” Moore said. “She’s been our catcher for four years and we’ve had four years of her abil­ity and lead­er­ship. She knows how to take con­trol of a

pitch­ing staff and that’s some­thing you’re not go­ing to be able to just re­place. But I’m so ex­cited for her to get to go on to UT- Martin. She de­serves to play ( NCAA) Di­vi­sion I soft­ball.”

Lowe hit .301 as a se­nior with seven dou­bles, one home­run and 19 RBIS to earn All- Re­gion ( 6- AAAA) hon­or­able men­tion hon­ors.

Moore said Lowe’s big- game prow­ess came into play all sea­son, but never more so than dur­ing the Elite Eight in Colum­bus.

“Her abil­i­ties and lead­er­ship re­ally showed in the state tour­na­ment for us,” he added. “She was re­ally the cat­a­lyst and got us kick- started in the state tourna-

ment, es­pe­cially the Satur­day of the state cham­pi­onship game. I’m just so proud for her and ev­ery­thing that she’s ac­com­plished so far.”

Lowe, a down-home, small-town girl if there ever was one, said Martin, Tenn. was the per­fect fit be­cause it re­minded her of her own home town.

“When I went over there, I just knew it,” she ex­plained. “It’s small like Ring­gold. On one side of the soft­ball field there’s a corn­field and there’s a Hamp­ton Inn on the other. It just feels like home and the whole team just seems re­ally close.”

Lowe plans to study orthodon­tics.

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