Lady ‘Dores Wilson, Phillips sign JC offers
Lafayette’s softball season, complete with region title and 20 wins so far, only got better Thursday. Seniors Katrina Wilson and Moesha Phillips both signed offers from Itawamba Community College and Pearl River, respectively, in the LHS library.
Flanked by family, friends and teammates, Wilson, the Lady Commodores’ top power hitter, felt comfortable picking the Lady Indians, thanks in large part to the connection with her family — her mother works there — and with former LHS standout Kelsey Kesler, who is a current Lady Indian.
“I’m pretty excited. I’ll be able to see my mom a lot and be able to come home to see my grandmother,” Wilson said. “(ICC) has been very good. They had trouble and went down in the ranks, but now they’re right back up in the ranks again. Kesley Kesler went over there and Kendall (Glass) signed but she decided she couldn’t go because of her arm. I’m excited that they picked me. I really enjoy it over there.”
Wilson, who is tied with Phillips for the team lead in home runs with two, added the new facilities in Fulton stood out to her as much as anything. She isn’t sure where she will be playing in the future, but was hoping to be stationed at first base.
“I like first, but I’ll play anywhere. Hopefully I’m their power hitter. I’ve been hitting very well this year. I’m number four in the lineup now, and I’m hoping to stay there,” Wilson said.
Phillips, Lafayette’s center fielder, was first noticed by PRCC coaches at a tournament in the Metro Jackson area.
“(LHS) Coach (Katie) Moore contacted me and told me that Pearl River was interested in me and then the Pearl River coach told me she had seen me playing around. Then they decided to offer me a scholarship after I went down for a visit,” Phillips said. “I feel like playing center field, I’m in the mix all the time, the action. I’ve got a view of everything to know what’s going on.”
Phillips has really shown a lot of improvement during her career, but not more than this season. She enters the MHSAA Class 4A playoffs hitting .453 with 18 RBIs.
“I’m more comfortable to be put on the spot, to step up big in a situation,” Phillips said. “The biggest key for me has been knowing my strong points in hitting and knowing what I need to do to get on base and start a rally for my team.”
For more on the signings, including perspective from Moore on her two signees, see the second edition of the Citizen.