By NEMCC Media Relations
BOONEVILLE – Northeast Mississippi Community College head softball coach Jody Long believes in the quality of a program and signed four seniors that will reinforce his belief and make an impact on the Lady Tigers 2013-14 team on Thursday, January 17.
Originally planned for Tuesday, January 15 (the first day that high school athletes could sign with collegiate programs), Northeast’s softball signing ceremony was pushed back due to inclement weather.
However, Mother Nature did not dampen the Lady Tigers signing ceremony a second time as East Webster’s Abigail Rish, Red Bay, Alabama’s Audrey Goss and New Albany’s Shannon Goode and Mallory all signed to become Lady Tigers.
Beaty and Goss are both outfielders while Goode is an infielder and Rish is a pitcher.
During her junior year, Goode hit .280 with an on-base percentage of .316. Goode collected 21 hits in 79 plate appearances for Shane Sanderson’s Lady Bulldogs. While playing second base and also catching, Goode picked up the pace during the latter portions of her junior season collecting 14 of her 21 hits in her final 13 games of the year. Goode had seven RBI on the year along with three doubles and a slugging percentage of .320.
Beaty hit .514 during her junior year and had a .541 on-base percentage during the 2011-12 season for the Lady Bulldogs. Beaty collected 36 hits during the 25-game season and scored 20 runs while batting in an additional 18.
On the year, Beaty had six doubles and a triple. Beaty’s break-out game came in the 2011-12 season opener when the New Albany junior went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, six RBI and the Lady Bulldog also had a double and triple in the contest. In addition to her .541 on-base percentage, Beaty had a .629 slugging percentage and only struck out twice in 74 plate appearances. Beaty was named to the all-division team as well as the Class 4A All-State team and earned the Lady Bulldog Offensive and Defensive Most Valuable Player awards during her varsity career.
Rish ran cross country for the Lady Wolverines while pitching on the side. In her time on the track for East Webster, Rish advanced to the Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) state meet and finished in the Top 55 in the state. Her time of 24:05.18 was good enough for a Top 11 finished at the Division 3-4A meet. Rish posted a personal best of 18:57.00 at the Tupelo High School Cross Country Invitational earlier in her career. Rish was an All Division 3-4A selection in cross country for East Webster.
Rish has been throwing for eight years and while pitching for the Southaven Express, Rish was awarded the lowest earn run average (ERA) award for her work on the mound. Rish didn’t allow an earned run in her dozen innings pitched for the Express and struck out five against 56 batters faced. In addition to her work on the mound, Rish posted a .333 batting average for the Express and had a .429 slugging percentage.
Goss helped the Red Bay Lady Tigers to a successful season during the 2011-12 year while being named to the All-Franklin County team and the All-Area team as well. During her junior year, Goss batted .400 with eight doubles and five triples for the Lady Tigers.
Clocking most of her time as an outfielder, Goss showed bursts of speed for the Lady Tigers registering a 2.85 seconds home-to-first time and an 11.84 seconds home-to-home time. In addition to her time on the diamond, Goss is a member of the Spanish Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), English Club and Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD).
Northeast’s softball program will open the 2012-13 season on February
12 as the Lady Tigers host Calhoun Community College at 1 p.m.
Northeast is coming off a 2011-12 year that saw the Lady Tiger softball team bring the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) state runner-up trophy back to Booneville.
Under the guidance of head coach Jody Long, Northeast finished the 2011-12 season with a 32-19 record and posted a school-record for North Division wins with 17.
During the course of the 2011-12 campaign, Northeast finished as the third team from the North Division but parlayed that finish into a state runner-up finish against Jones County at the MACJC State Tournament in Fulton and then continued its postseason momentum as Northeast was one of the last three teams left standing at the NJCAA Region XXIII Tournament in Clinton.
Long’s Lady Tigers not only did work on the field but were successful in the classroom as well with seven member of the Northeast softball team being selected for NJCAA Student-Athlete Academic Awards and the team as a whole was honored by the NJCAA for its academic work when the Lady Tigers were ranked as the thirteenth best team in the nation with a 3.42 overall grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale.