||BMC signs Nettleton standouts
BLUE MOUNTAIN, Miss. (WTVA/BMC Athletics) — Kaleigh Tackett and Lauren Baldwyn, who have been a part of five Class 3A state softball championships at Nettleton High School, have signed scholarships to play for Blue Mountain College in 2014-15.
“This is a really big day for BMC,” Toppers coach Kevin Barefield said. “Not only are Kaleigh and Lauren two of the best softball players in our region, but they come from one of the best softball programs in Mississippi. Certainly, their skill sets will make and immediate impact, but their winning attitudes will really help our program keep growing.”
Tackett, recently named slo-pitch player of the year by the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, is a third baseman, and Baldwyn, named to the Journal’s “on-deck” team, is a shortstop.
In their junior fast-pitch seasons at Nettleton, the Tigers finished with a 28-3 record before losing the finals of the 3A state championship.
Baldwyn hit .434 with a .525 on-base percentage and a .686 slugging average. She scored 35 runs and drove in 25 while rapping out six doubles, three triples and three home runs. Baldwyn was also successful on all 13 stolen base attempts.
Tackett hit .415 with an on-base percentage of .489 and a .682 slugging average. She scored 30 runs and drove in 29 while popping 10 doubles, three triples and two homers. Tackett was good on five of six stolen base attempts.
In their recently completed state championship slo-pitch season, the two Tigers were equally productive.
Tackett had a .670 batting average with 21 homers and 70 RBI, including home runs in one nine-game streak. Baldwyn hit .532 with 18 RBI and scored 62 runs with a .977 fielding average at shortstop.
“I wish I could figure out a way to get them eligible and on our team this spring,” BMC’s Barefield said. “We’re really excited they’re going to be Toppers.”