Phillips ready to shine at Shorter

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

By the time Tay­lor Phillips was get­ting ready to start kinder­garten, she al­ready had a vi­sion for her fu­ture.

Some 12 to 13 years of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion later, Phillips saw that dream re­al­ized on Fri­day when she signed a letter of in­tent to play softball for Shorter Univer­sity in Rome.

“It feels re­ally good now that this day is fi­nally here be­cause I’ve been look­ing for­ward to this since I was little,” she ex­plained. “( Play­ing in col­lege) is what I’ve wanted to do since I start­ing play­ing when I was five ( years old).”

Phillips hit .358 with one home­run for LFO this past sea­son. She led the Lady War­riors in hits (34) and tied for team lead in triples (2), while she also led the team in RBIS (25). The se­nior short­stop was named to the Re­gion 6-AAA first team.

As a ju­nior, she bat­ted .426 with 14 dou­bles, two triples, five homers, 43 RBIS and 37 runs scored for the Re­gion 6-AAA run­ners-up, who went on to make the sec­ond round of the Class AAA state tour­na­ment. Those num­bers fol­lowed up a sopho­more cam­paign where she hit .439 with six homers and 28 RBIS.

“They’re get­ting a re­ally good per­son,” LFO head coach Tony El­lis said of the honor roll stu­dent. “She’s a good kid and re­ally the type of player ev­ery­one wants to coach. She can play a lot of places, at the cor­ners, at short­stop, in the out­field and she could prob­a­bly even catch be­cause she’s a good enough ath­lete. Shorter is get­ting a good, all-around player and per­son.”

Phillips said the of­fer came about af­ter she at­tended a camp in the fall.

“It was to­ward the end (of the sea­son),” she said. “I didn’t know what I was go­ing to do and I didn’t know if I had run out of time, but I re­ally liked the camp and the coaches. The coaches were one of the best parts (of the camp) and it’s a Chris­tian col­lege, so I think that re­ally help. I’m just go­ing to bring a good at­ti­tude and try and help the team in any way that I can.”

“She’s been very solid for us,” El­lis added. “She’s been one of our team lead­ers in hit­ting all four years. She hits for av­er­age and hits for power and she’s just a qual­ity player. She’ll be hard to re­place and we’re go­ing to miss her.”

Phillips is con­sid­er­ing ed­u­ca­tion as a ma­jor.

/ Scott Herpst

Johnny and Teresa Phillips were in at­ten­dance last week as LFO se­nior Tay­lor Phillips signed her softball letter of in­tent with Shorter Univer­sity. Also on hand were Nathan Phillips, LFO head coach Tony El­lis, LFO as­sis­tant coaches Lau­ren Dyer and Kensey Sholl and Corey Phillips.

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