After adding former Cornersville shortstop Makenzie Hopkins to their program last year, Motlow State Community College snatched up another CHS softball standout on Wednesday afternoon when senior Makayla Campbell signed a letter of intent to play for the Lady Bucks.
Having started each of her first three years at Cornersville, Campbell has batted leadoff for the Lady Bulldogs the last two seasons while earning All-District honors twice.
As a freshman, Campbell primarily played in the outfield for CHS and posted a solid .279 batting average on a senior laden team that captured their third straight District 11-A regular season championship.
Campbell then moved to third base her sophomore year and raised her batting average to .325 while helping lead the Lady Bulldogs to the District 11-A tournament championship and a third place finish in the Class A State tournament.
"She can be a versatile player for us. I see her playing a corner infield position, but she could also see time in the outfield. She is a quality hitter and understands the game, which is important," said Motlow State coach Tori Raby-Gentry. "Makenzie actually mentioned Makayla to me so I contacted her and watched her play. We've always had good success with players out of this area."
During her junior campaign, Campbell saw her individual numbers continue to rise, as she recorded a gaudy .520 batting average, a .561 on base percentage, and a .640 slugging percentage to go along with three doubles, three triples, 27 runs scored, and eight RBI.
"Makayla is a very smart and intuitive player. She has good speed, a good arm, and a great bat. That's why she leads off because she always gets on base," said Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree. "She's a gamer too because she practices hard and plays hard. She doesn't say a lot, but she leads by example."
Campbell was also being recruited by Columbia State and Wallace State before deciding to sign with Motlow State.
'It felt like home'
"Whenever I visited there it just felt more comfortable and felt like home. All of the girls on the team were sweet and I felt like I fit in," said Campbell. "It makes it a little easier that I already know someone on the team and I'm excited about playing with Makenzie next year."
While she wants to have another strong statistical season as a senior, Campbell hopes that will translate into greater team success after Cornersville finished third in the District last year.
"I just want to have fun and win. Hopefully we can make it back to the State tournament this year," said Campbell. "Individually, I hope I can improve my numbers and finally hit a home run this year."
Campbell also excels in the classroom and is a member of the CHS Beta Club while boasting a 3.73 GPA.