Ash­ton Stalling headed to the Show-me State for softball

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst [email protected]

Lafayette High se­nior Ash­ton Stalling gave a ver­bal com­mit­ment to at­tend and play softball for Lin­coln Univer­sity in Jef­fer­son City, Mo. on Thurs­day.

Stalling, who also plays with Prostar Fastpitch 18-U for Steve Chat­tin and takes pitch­ing les­sons from Kim Cul­breth, went 12-4 with one save in the cir­cle this past sea­son with the Lady Ram­blers, who are coached by Mea­gan and Chris Base. She struck out 67 bat­ters in 99 in­nings and fin­ished the sea­son with a 1.77 ERA. Of­fen­sively, she hit .320 with nine dou­bles, a triple, two home­runs and 27 RBIS.

She helped Lafayette back to the Elite Eight in Colum­bus for the first time in a decade where she recorded the vic­tory in a first-round game against Perry. She was re­cently named a first team All-re­gion (6-AAAA) pitcher and a sec­ond team Al­lS­tate pitcher by the Ge­or­gia Ath­letic Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion. She was sec­ond team All-re­gion as a util­ity player as a ju­nior.

“I would like to thank my God for guid­ing me in my de­ci­sion and my search for the right col­lege fit,” she said in a state­ment re­leased through Prostar. “I also would be re­miss not to thank both of my par­ents for their sup­port, lead­er­ship and love throughout the years. While this de­ci­sion helps de­fine me as a softball player, my faith and fam­ily help de­fine me as a per­son.

“This was a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion as sev­eral out­stand­ing aca­demic and softball schools showed in­ter­est in me, but it ul­ti­mately came down to my re­la­tion­ship with Coach (Christine) Eng­bers and the com­fort level I felt on my visit the week­end be­fore Thanks­giv­ing. I know it is a long way from home, but it will al­low me to grow as a per­son, a stu­dent and as a softball player.”

She added that she wanted to thank all of her coaches through the years that helped her along the way, in­clud­ing the ones at Lafayette and at Prostar.

Stalling has a 3.9 GPA in the Hon­ors pro­gram at Lafayette High School and does dual en­roll­ment through Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege. She is a mem­ber of the Na­tional Beta Club, the Fel­low­ship of Chris- tian Ath­letes and the Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica. She also is an ac­tive mem­ber of the youth group at Sec­ond Bap­tist Church of Lafayette.

She plans to ma­jor in bi­ol­ogy with a mi­nor in ki­ne­si­ol­ogy.

Lin­coln Univer­sity is an (NCAA) Di­vi­sion II pro­gram and Coach Eng­bers is in her first year of coach­ing at the school af­ter a suc­cess­ful re­build­ing stint at Covenant Col­lege. En­bergs played lo­cally at Dade County (Ga.) High School.

/ Scott Herpst, file photo

Lafayette se­nior softball player Ash­ton Stalling re­cently pledged to con­tinue her ca­reer at Lin­coln Univer­sity in Jef­fer­son City, Mo.

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