In its inaugural season, Georgia Highlands College grabbed Morgan McKinney and Lindsey Miles of the Jefferson High School softball team to start what will hopefully be a long tradition of success on the diamond.
McKinney and Miles say they are excited to be in each other’s company for another two years.
“Having her go with me is a lot more comforting than going by myself and not knowing anyone,” Miles said. “I’m really thankful that we can go together.”
“It kind of swayed my decision. I am going to school with someone I know so it won’t be as nerve wracking,” said McKinney.
Miles described the recruiting process as hectic but is content with the place she has chosen to call home next year.
“It was really stressful. A lot of different schools were interested in me and I had to make a really tough decision but I know I made the right one so I’m really happy about that,” said Miles.
“Lindsey consistently hit .350 or above for us. She was our leadoff batter, and she did a great job of offensively setting the pace for us each game,” said Jefferson Head Coach Melissa Mullis.
McKinney, who named the All-Region Pitcher of the Year, caught the eye of the GHC’s Head Coach Melissa Wood, who said she thought she missed out on a great pitcher but was relieved to find that McKinney had not yet signed with another school. Her poise on the mound and statistics are two of the facets that garnered McKinney the opportunity to play at the next level.
“She finished with an overall ERA of .84, and an ERA for region play of .24. She did a great job of consistently coming out strong, playing her best, and giving us a chance to win,” said Mullis.
The Dragons sure know how to draw a large fan base and that is one of the aspects of playing at Jefferson that McKinney will miss.
“[I will miss] the hometown crowd and being in the atmosphere that I have been in for so long,” said McKinney. “I feel like I’ve accomplished a big dream of mine.”