Cornersville's Wolaver signs with Motlow
Motlow State Community College softball coach Tori Raby-Gentry added another Cornersville player to her program last Tuesday when senior pitcher Taylor Wolaver signed a letter of intent to play for the Lady Bucks.
Raby-Gentry is hoping that Wolaver will have a similar impact as former CHS standouts Makenzie Hopkins and Makayla Campbell, who recently completed their sophomore and freshman years respectively at Motlow State.
During the 2014 season, Hopkins led Motlow in batting average (.373) and homeruns (four) and finished tied for second in RBI with 29. Campbell, meanwhile, posted the third highest batting average (.324) on the team and tallied 27 RBI, which was the fourth best total for the Lady Bucks.
"I hope we've developed a pipeline here. We've had success with the two previous players that we've signed from here. They've both contributed early and done well for us. Hopefully Taylor will do the same. The other two girls have both been excellent on and off the field," said Raby-Gentry.
A four-year starter for Cornersville, Wolaver was a four-time All-District selection and has a chance to see the field early for the Lady Bucks.
"With her bat, I see her in the lineup and hopefully she'll give us some innings in the circle. She's versatile so we'll be able to move her around," said Raby-Gentry. "We needed some extra arms on the team. She has good movement on her pitches and that helps at our level."
Years of success
As a freshman, Wolaver filled in admirably for CHS staff ace Haley Fagan, who was unable to pitch the first half of the 2011 campaign due to a back injury, as she notched a 9-7 record in the circle and finished with a .370 batting average. Wolaver was particularly dangerous at the plate during the postseason and posted an eye popping .514 batting average during the playoffs while helping lead the Lady Bulldogs to a third place finish in the Class A State Tournament.
With Fagan graduating at the end of the 2011 season, Wolaver became Cornersville's primary pitcher in 2012 and finished with an 11-7 record and a 3.79 ERA. She also continued to be a threat at the plate and tallied a .377 batting average while finishing with 20 RBI, which was the second best total on the team.
In 2013, Wolaver notched a 9-9 record in the circle and posted an impressive .403 batting average to go along with 16 RBI. She then capped her CHS career by tallying a 7-7 pitching record her senior year while finishing with a gaudy .444 batting average and two homeruns.
"Taylor is a good leader and has a great work ethic. She provided the team with a lot of positive energy and the girls fed off it," said Cornersville coach Eric Crabtree. "She gave us a lot of leadership and wanted to get it done in big situations."
Wolaver chose Motlow State over a scholarship offer from Martin Methodist College.
"I just felt more comfortable at Motlow. Knowing that Makenzie and Makayla went there and had success made it an easier decision too. I also felt comfortable with the rest of the team," said Wolaver. "I want to give a special thanks to Ron McElyea too because he's been my pitching coach since I was eight years old. I'm excited that I have an opportunity to continue playing softball."
Wolaver is a standout in the classroom as well. Along with being a member of the Cornersville Beta Club, she graduated with Honors after finishing her CHS academic career with a 3.5 GPA.