Emily Tate signs with ladybucks

Friday, June 8, 2007
Submitted photo Signing a letter of intent to play softball for the Motlow Ladybucks is Emily Tate, seated center, flanked by her mother, Judy Tate, left, and her father, Danny Tate, right. Standing from left are Danny Barfield, Spencer Mitchell, Tres Beasley and Bob Edens.

A Marshall County coed has signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Motlow State Community College Ladybucks.

Emily Tate, 18, who graduated from Cornersville High School on May 18, had played center field for her high school team during the 2006-07 school year.

"I'm getting to play on the team of my choice," Tate said after signing with the Ladybucks, a women's softball team that was the state runner-up in its junior college division.

"I'd be happy in the outfield," she said of her preferred position.

The daughter of Danny and Judy Tate of Cecil Street had played four years for the Lady Bulldogs in various positions including first and second base.

When she takes the field next fall for the Ladybucks, Tate anticipates playing outfield, although her exact assignment had not yet been announced.

The rising college freshman recalls her batting average at about .390.

Tate signed her letter of intent with Coach Gary Barfield on Tuesday in Cornersville High School.

"They've taught me a lot and I'm going to miss them, but I'm excited to move on," Tate said.

The coaches both said they'd enjoyed having Tate as a player for the four years she was at CHS, that she will certainly be missed, and they wish her luck at Motlow.

Tate graduated from CHS with honors and the Elks Club Nursing Scholarship and a scholarship from the Marshall County Retired Teachers Association.

Tate's parents said they're proud of their daughter's success in sports and academics.

"We're excited that she has the opportunity to continue her education while doing something that she loves, and that's softball," Judy Tate said.