Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release
June 15, 2004

For More Information, Contact: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114 or Kimberly Stark (901) 333-4023

SOUTHWEST SOFTBALL TEAM SIGNS THREE TO LETTERS OF INTENT

The Southwest softball program has announced the signing of three players to National Letters of Intent. Joining the Lady Saluqis’ program for the 2005 season will be Erica Brich of Collierville High School, Crystal Smith of Horn Lake (MS) High School, and Jennifer Davenport of Houston High School.

“This class will add needed depth in key areas,” said Lady Saluqis’ head coach Keith Gentry. “All three come from quality high school programs and should contribute right away.”

Brich, a right-handed pitcher, led Collierville High School to a 43-7 record and a berth in the Class AAA State Tournament this spring. She posted a 15-4 record on the season, and was the starting and winning pitcher in Collierville’s championship game victories in the district, region, and sectional tournaments. “Erica is an experienced pitcher who started all of Collierville’s big games this spring,” said Gentry. “She was also the cleanup hitter for her high school team, and should help us with her batting as well.”

Smith, an outfielder, was named to the All-Chickasaw Conference Team and was an honorable mention All-DeSoto County selection. She batted .277 her senior year at Horn Lake, leading the Lady Eagles to the second round of the Class 5-A state playoffs. “Crystal is an experienced player who played five years of high school ball at Horn Lake,” said Gentry. “She is a good hitter and fielder who should definitely compete for a starting position in the outfield as a freshman.”

Davenport, a 2003 graduate of Houston High School, was a first baseman-outfielder for the Lady Mustangs. She was named to the All-District 15AAA Team her senior year and played on Houston’s Class AAA state tournament team as a sophomore. “Jennifer is a player who we were interested in last year, but due to an injury she decided not to play softball as a freshman in college,” said Gentry. “I’m certainly glad Jennifer decided to come back and play for us. She is an excellent hitter who should really help our run production next season.”