Southwest Tennessee Community College

For Immediate Release

Date: January 28, 2009

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


Southwest Softball Team Signs Three

The Lady Saluqis' softball team has signed three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent to continue their education and softball careers at Southwest beginning with the 2008-09 season.

Lauren Alexander, a pitcher-infielder, comes to Southwest from Marshall Academy in Holly Springs, Mississippi. Alexander led her team to back to back Class AA Mississippi Private School Association (MPSA) state championships and the school's first ever MPSA Overall State Title her senior season. She posted a 25-4 pitching record as a senior with a 0.89 earned run average and 152 strikeouts and was also one of the team's top hitters with a .378 batting average, 37 runs scored and a .545 on-base average. In her three-year career, Alexander compiled a 52-19 pitching record with 329 strikeouts.

A teammate of Alexander's on the Bluff City Bombers' 18U Competitive Fast-Pitch team, Bianca Cowan comes to Southwest from Center Hill High School in Olive Branch, Mississippi. The leadoff hitter for her high school team, Cowan plays shortstop and outfield and has outstanding speed. As a junior, Cowan batted .283 with a team-leading 13 stolen bases.

The third signee is Bailee Herlacher of Jacksonville High School in Jacksonville, Arkansas. Herlacher is a three-year letter winner and two-time All-Conference outfielder who has led her high school team to three straight final four finishes in the Arkansas state tournament. As a junior, Herlacher batted .327 with 11 stolen bases after batting .303 with 19 stolen bases as a sophomore.

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Photo cutline: Front row left to right; Barbara Alexander (mother), Lauren Alexander, and Tim Alexander (father). Back row left to right; Susan Rodgers (Marshall Academy head coach), Keith Gentry (Southwest softball coach), and Carlton Gibson (Marshall Academy assistant coach).

Photo cutline: Front row left to right; Constance Cowan (mother), Bianca Cowan, and Bernard Cowan (father). Back row left to right; Jayme Eyster (Center Hill head coach), Keith Gentry (Southwest softball coach), and Jonathan Moore (Center Hill athletic director).

Photo cutline: Front Row left to right; Michelle Jones (mother) and Bailee Herlacher. Back row left to right: Justine Rial (Jacksonville assistant coach), Tayna Ganey (Jacksonville head coach), and Keith Gentry (Southwest softball coach)