Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date February 7, 2008

For More Information: Keith Gentry (901) 333-4114/ (901) 619-1899


The Southwest softball team opens the 2008 season with a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Monday, February 11, at Williams Baptist College in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. With six returning players and eight new faces on the team this season, the Lady Saluqis are looking to improve a great deal on last year’s 15-24 record.

Staci Craig, who led the pitching staff with 10 wins, 119 strikeouts and a 2.92 earned run average, is back for her sophomore season after receiving TJCCAA All-Western Division honors as a freshman. Craig was also one of the team’s top hitters with a .382 batting average and will see action in the outfield when not pitching. Infielders Alyse Brewer (.386, 20 RBI) and Amanda Harlow (.245, 23 RBI) and outfielder Brooke Hively (.319, 22 stolen bases) are back as well. In addition, sophomore catcher Courtney LeBlanc and sophomore third baseman Lindsey McGoff return to the team after sitting out the 2007 season.

These six sophomores are joined by an impressive group of incoming freshmen. Whitney Witcher (Stuttgart, AR), who led the team in hitting during the fall season, will see playing time at catcher, third base, and outfield. Maegan Wilson (Munford) led the team in wins, strikeouts, and ERA in the fall and will join Craig on the Lady Saluqis’ pitching staff. Other freshmen on the team, all expected to see significant playing time, are outfielders Amber Gatewood (Brighton), Jackie Lloyd (Munford), and Beth Bellard (First Assembly Christian), and infielders Carly McLennan (Munford), Whitney Grimes (Jacksonville, AR), and Ashley Frizzell (Covington).

Following the Williams Baptist games, the Lady Saluqis will have a road game at Mississippi Delta (Moorhead, MS) on Friday, February 15 before playing their first home game against Crowley’s Ridge on Thursday, February 21 at First Tennessee Fields. The remainder of the 2008 home games will be played at the Buckhead Creek Recreation Complex.