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By LARRY GOFFINET
COLUMBIA, Ky.—Allicyn Garrett, a 2013 Cannelton graduate, signed last week to play softball for Lindsey Wilson College, an NAIA Division I school.
Garrett officially signed while on the Kentucky campus, about two hours from her home, for freshman orientation.
She attended a tryout there earlier this year, where the coaches had her play right field, shortstop and second base. So she doesn’t really know what position she will play for the Blue Raiders. “It could be anywhere,” she said.
During her four-year varsity career for Cannelton she played shortstop and first base. In summer leagues and for all-star and travel teams she has also played third base, catcher and outfield.
Garrett said Cannelton Schools Superintendent Alva Sibbitt “knows a lot of people at Lindsey Wilson” and helped set up her workout there.
Lindsey Wilson won the Mid-South Conference this year and was ranked No. 2 in the nation before losing in the NAIA tourney.
The Blue Raiders also have a JV team, so Garrett should see plenty of action as a freshman at one level or another.
She said she hadn’t had a chance to talk to Coach Ashley McCool-Cozart lately about her plans for her because the coach was in the hospital having a baby the day Garrett signed.
Garrett played last summer for Indiana Matrix, an 18-and-under girls travel team based in Evansville.
She hit one home run for Cannelton this spring.
She said she chose Lindsey Wilson “because when I went for my campus visit I really just fell in love with the campus—it’s beautiful. And I got along great with the players I met.”
Garrett, Cannelton’s valedictorian this year, will receive a combination of athletic and academic scholarships that will pay for all but $2,000 of her education each school year.
She plans to major in business administration with an emphasis on management.