As the college softball season winds down, several players with local ties are making contributions to their programs.
Ebonee Echols winding down senior season: Former Northgate standout Ebonee Echols, a senior at Michigan State, was honored Saturday on the field before the Spartans game with Ohio State with members of her family in attendance.
While Ebonee is winding down her softball career, sister Charla is just starting her career at Michigan State.
Charla leads the 15-18 Spartans in batting with a .364 average with five homers and 23 RBIs.
Big sister Ebonee is batting .349. She has also pounded out five homers and has 27 RBIs.
Ebonee posted an on-line letter on the schools athletic website msuspartans.com thanking her family, friends and the Spartan nation for their support of the last four years.
“And finally, thank you to my very first love, softball,” Echols wrote. Thank you for giving me a chance to live out my dream. Thank you for teaching me to never give up and to always believe in myself. Thank you for allowing me to showcase my gift and all of the hard work that I have put into this sport my entire life. You have given me the greatest opportunity to make the best friends and you have shown me places that I never imagined traveling to. You’ve always been my oasis.
Morgan among leaders at FSU: At defending national champion Florida State, East Coweta graduate Dani Morgan is helping the Seminoles inch their way back to another trip to the NCAA tournament and the College World Series.
Morgan and her FSU teammates are currently ranked seventh in the NCAA Top-25 poll.
Morgan has the second highest average at FSU, batting .385 with 46 RBIs and 10 home runs.
The Seminoles swept Boston College in a three-game ACC series over the weekend.
LSU’s Sanchez displays offensive firepower: The LSU Tigers softball team might have lost two out of three games over the weekend to SEC opponent Arkansas, but former East Coweta slugger Shemiah Sanchez did her part to keep her team in each game.
In the 8-5 loss to open the series, Sanchez went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs.
Sanchez helped her team salvage a 3-1 victory in the final game of the series with a 3-for-3 performance.
Sanchez is closing out her final year of college softball with a .319 average, with a team leading 16 homers and 43 RBIs.
LSU is 37-17 overall and 14-7 overall. The Tigers are also ranked fifth in the latest poll.
Goree, Scarbrough lead West Georgia to win: Former East Coweta pitcher Morgan Goree and Newnan graduate Hannah Scarbrough helped lead the Wolves to a sweep over Union this past weekend.
Goree pitched in all three games for West Georgia, striking out 14.
Scarbrough finished the weekend series with four hits.
Scarbrough leads West Georgia with a .348 average with 15 RBIs.
Goree is 7-9 on the year with a with a 3.33 ERA. She leads the team with 102 strikeouts.