Five sign softball scholarships


Jordan Henderson (seated at left) and Kylee Davis (seated at right) sign with Central Alabama Community College. Standing, from left: coaches Morgan Morton, Danny Davis, Dusty Dean, Greg Shivers (CACC), and Neal Whittington. -Crystal Sharp

Jordan Henderson (seated at left) and Kylee Davis (seated at right) sign with Central Alabama Community College. Standing, from left: coaches Morgan Morton, Danny Davis, Dusty Dean, Greg Shivers (CACC), and Neal Whittington. -Crystal Sharp

While softball season is still a couple of months out, two players from the reigning Class 5A State Champion Hayden Wildcats signed their national letter of intent on Nov. 11. Lindsey Smith and Taylor Yeager, who have both played softball since age 3 and play together for the Tennessee Fury, will remain teammates as they head to UAB next year. Smith, daughter of John and Leslie Smith, plays infield for the Wildcats while Yeager, daughter of Joe and Hollie Yeager, is an outfielder.

“Lindsey Smith is one of the best players in the country. She is an exceptional athlete and can play just about any position on the field,” said UAB head coach Joe Gutherie. As for Yeager, he said, “She is an exceptional base runner who is a very fast kid. She will help us with outfield depth-wise. She knows what it takes to win.”

Last week, three Lady Eagles signed their two-year scholarships. Zoe Payne, daughter of Zac and Apryl Payne, signed with Snead State Community College. Signing with Central Alabama Community College were Kylee Davis, daughter of Danny and Jennifer Davis, and Jordan Henderson, daughter of Pamela Williams and Keith Henderson.

Lindsey Smith -Leslie Smith

Lindsey Smith -Leslie Smith

Taylor Yeager -Hayden Wildcat Softball

Taylor Yeager -Hayden Wildcat Softball

Zoe Payne signs with Snead State Community College. Seated, from left: coach Ashley Belding, Payne, and coach Morgan Morton. Standing, from left: coaches Danny Davis, Dusty Dean, Neal Whittington, and Carlos Rivera. -Crystal Sharp

Zoe Payne signs with Snead State Community College. Seated, from left: coach Ashley Belding, Payne, and coach Morgan Morton. Standing, from left: coaches Danny Davis, Dusty Dean, Neal Whittington, and Carlos Rivera. -Crystal Sharp