A last opportunity to shine

A last opportunity to shine


A last opportunity to shine



Aubrey Crowell will get a sneak peak at her future softball home later this month.

The recent Oakland High graduate was one of three Rutherford County players chosen Wednesday night to play in the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star Softball game on June 26 at Middle Tennessee State University.

Crowell, who caught, played shortstop and in the outfield at times this past season for the Lady Patriots, signed with MTSU earlier this season. She was chosen by a collection of coaches during the Middle Tennessee Softball Coaches Association’s ninth annual all-star classic held at Riverdale’s Lady Warrior Field.

“It’s going to be awesome,” Crowell said. “I’m going to get to go in and get a feel for it before the season even starts.

“I haven’t played any this summer. It’s a wake-up call. I have to get back in it. I want to make sure I do the best I can for the team.”

Riverdale graduate Brenna Wolfram and La Vergne graduate Teonickia Baugh were chosen, along with MTSU signee Austyn Whaley, a Marshall County graduate, was also selected for the game.

Wolfram has chosen not to play in college. However, she plans to attend MTSU in the fall.

“During the state tournament, I thought that was going to be my last game, and it wasn’t,” Wolfram said. “It’s nice to get one more game. It’s a good feeling.”

Whaley played at MTSU this past fall in a travel ball tournament.

“It’s always nice being on the field, knowing I’m going to be there in the fall,” said Whaley who hit 10 home runs for Marshall County this past season.

Nine of the 11 District 7-AAA players chosen for the event chose to participate in the event, which included three games played. The event was for recently graduated seniors.

Kaitlin Crumpler represented Smyrna, which won the Class AAA state title this past month. Her high school coach Luke Sheppard sat in the opposite dugout. They were on different teams.

“It’s different playing in this because I have played with or against most of these people,” said Crumpler, a Trevecca signee. “And with Sheppard on the other team, I just ignore him.”

Baugh, who has committed to Fisk University, admitted she and her teammates were a little rusty at first. But getting back on the field was fun for the Lady Wolverine outfielder.

“It was amazing,” Baugh said. “I actually miss being on the field. But I’m about to start back in training.”


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