Blue Mountain College signs first two softball players

BLUE MOUNTAIN – Sports history at Blue Mountain College got another level deeper Wednesday when the Lady Toppers signed their first two softball players.

Shelby Jackson of Mooreville and Meggin Nelson of North Pontotoc became the first two players to sign grants-in-aid with BMC, which will start its softball program in 2010-2011. The Lady Toppers compete in the TranSouth Athletic Conference in the NAIA.

“This is a historic day for BMC,” Lady Toppers coach Kevin Barefield said, “and we feel certain we have signed two of the very best players in Mississippi to help launch our program. Shelby and Megan are outstanding players and honor students as well. They give us instant credibility as our program begins to grow.”

Jackson, an infielder at Mooreville, hit .479 for the Lady Troopers as a junior with six doubles, three triples and a homer, and drove in 26 runs.

She lettered five years for Coach Perry Wilburn, was a member of two state championship teams and the Daily Journal All-Area first team. She is the student council president at Mooreville High and its top academic student the past four years.

Nelson, a right-hand pitcher who transferred to North Pontotoc after her sophomore year at Mooreville, has compiled a 15-6 record since she began pitching in the seventh grade. In her first year for the Lady Vikings and coach Shane Montgomery she was 7-4 with three saves, 48 strikeouts and a 2.08 earned run average.

She was a member of four state championship teams (two slow-pitch and two fast-pitch) and also lettered four years in basketball. Nelson is an honor student and a member of the student council.

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