MTSCA Honors County Softball Seniors
Senior softball standouts from Marshall County were honored Monday night at Columbia State by being selected to participate in the Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association All-Star triple-header on Eddie Campbell Field.
The Middle Tennessee Softball Association was formed to promote girls fast pitch softball in the Middle Tennessee area. A group of 5 high school coaches, John Conditt (Antioch), Gary Davis (Lipscomb), Cindy Towers (White House), David Upton (Warren County), and Phil Burkhart (Rossview) met in June 2003 in Hickman, Tennessee to discuss how an organization could be beneficial to the sport of softball in Middle Tennessee. The decision was made to contact all the high school coaches in Middle Tennessee from the Eastern Time Zone to the Tennessee River to see how much interest in a coach's organization existed. The interest was great as those early meetings put into place an organization that boasts scholarships for student athletes, a website (www.midtnsca.com), a regular season tournament geared to teams that normally don't go to tournaments, a coach's clinic, an All Star game, an intra-state game, an All Academic team, and the Tennessee vs. Kentucky All-Star game. The non profit organization developed a charter and elected three officers, John Conditt (President), and Cindy Towers (Secretary) Phil Burkhart Treasurer. The MTSCA has grown in its third year with over 140 plus members and 85 schools represented.
Monday night, players from MCHS and Forrest were honored with selection to the MTSCA All-Star game as well as being named to the All-Midstate Team and the All-Academic Team. With coaches, recruiters and fans packing the stands, Tigerettes Paij Lintz, Bethany London, Kiley Lintz and Katrina Jones joined Lady Rocket Nicole Curtis in taking the field for the Class A-AA All-Star team.
Paig Lintz took the mound in the first game for the A-AA All-Stars taking on Class AAA All-Stars from the North. She tossed the first three innings striking out eight, walking two, allowing two hits and three unearned runs. Curtis pitched the seventh for the A-AA All-Stars as London started at first, K. Lintz started at second and Jones started in centerfield. Jones helped to get her team on the board leading off the first with a single before moving to third on a North All-Star miscue. She later scored but the North AAA All-Stars prevailed in the first game, 6-2.
In the second game, the A-AA All-Stars got the win over the Class AAA South squad 4-1 thanks to the offense of Creek Wood's Brittany Caldwell's three-run homer in the fourth inning.
Curtis took the mound again for the All-Stars in the seventh allowing two hits and striking out one.
Following the games, the players were announced that will represent the Middle Tennessee area in the inaugural Tennessee/Kentucky All-Star game to be played on June 28 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Making the cut was Paij Lintz who was just recently named to the Tennessean's First Team All-Midstate roster.
The Kentucky/Tennessee Games are scheduled for June 28, 2006. The teams will play a best of 3 series beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Others honors for Marshall County softball seniors by MTSCA included recognition of an All-Midstate Team and recognition of an All-Academic Team. Making the All-Academic lineup were Nicole Curtis, Ashley Jones, Kaitlyn Moses and Daniella Hooper of Forrest and Kiley Lintz, Paij Lintz, Bethany London and Mallory Haislip of MCHS.
Named to the MTSCA All-Midstate Teams were Casey Dowler and Daniella Hooper of Forrest and Paij Lintz, Lauren Isley and Katrina Jones of MCHS. Kaylea Brewer, daughter of Cornersville Assistant Principal Richie Brewer, was named to the All-Midstate squad from Giles County.