The Clinton Fast Pitch team has proven to be a force on the diamond, and one of the key figures in the Lady Arrows’ lineup has found a collegiate home.
On Wednesday, November 15, Grace Whitworth signed a letter of intent to play softball for the Lady Blazers at Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss.
“Belhaven is a really good program with a really good coach who I know can help me get better as a player,” Whitworth said. “Plus the team is really close and competitive.”
Whitworth has been a consistent starter for the Lady Arrows, playing both second and third base during her junior year, winning the 2017 Most Versatile Player award.
During the 2017 season, Grace hit for .299 collecting 26 hits, three doubles and 19 RBIs.
“Grace is a versatile player,” Clinton head coach Karla White said. “She works hard and adjusts well to each position.”
White added, “She is consistent and is ready to play every game. She is good at knowing what her job is when she bats and moving the runners into scoring position.”
Whitworth said she knew Belhaven was for her because of the atmosphere. “When I went to visit, I knew of Belhaven already, but when I got there, it felt so much like home.”
“Grace will do great at the next level because she is a utility player,” Coach White added. “She has played several positions for us and never complained. She gets the job done.”
Whitworth is the first fast pitch softball player to sign with a four year university in close to seven years.
A member of National Honor Society, FCA and the CHS Yearbook Staff, Grace is the daughter of Jody and Lea Ellen Whitworth