Hastings signed with the Lady Toppers in a ceremony inside Northeast’ media room of the Haney Union on the Booneville campus Tuesday, May 29.
Blue Mountain College’s softball program is under the direction of former Northeast Tiger Kevin Barefield.
During her sophomore campaign in Booneville, Hastings helped lead the Lady Tigers to a32-19 overall mark and a state runner-up finish in the Mississippi Association of Community/Junior Colleges (MACJC) State Tournament and third-place showing in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XXIII Tournament in Clinton.
With the signing, Hastings became the second Northeast softball player to continue her career on the next level. Hastings’ high school and college teammate Raleigh Downs signed with Spring Hill College in Mobile, Ala., late last week.
Hastings appeared in 34 games for the Lady Tigers during the 2011-12 season and collected 18 hits in 79 at bats including four doubles and a home run. During her second season, Hastings drove in nine runs while scoring 11 and walked four times.
Hastings had a .279 on base percentage to go along with a .316 slugging percentage and was a perfect 3-for-3 on the base paths in 2011-12.
On the year, Hastings had four two-out RBI hits for the Lady Tigers and finished with a .969 fielding percentage with just six errors in 193 total chances and was apart of a team-high seven double plays on the year.
During her freshman year, Hastings was tied for the team lead in home runs while appearing in 32 regular season games for the Lady Tigers.
In her freshman campaign, Hastings drew 29 starts in her 32 contests and put together a .273 batting average along with 12 runs, 15 RBI and 24 hits.
When not busy on the diamond for Northeast, Hastings was a member of the Student Government Association, a freshman and sophomore homecoming maid, a freshman and sophomore class favorite, a member of the Iota Zeta chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, an orientation counselor and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Hastings was also on the President’s List both of her years at Northeast and was elected to the school’s Hall of Fame at the culmination of her sophomore year.
Prior to coming to Northeast, Hastings was a member of the Booneville High School softball team that advanced to the 2009 Mississippi High School Activities Association’s (MHSAA) Class 3A North Half Tournament before falling eventual champion Nettleton.
En route to claiming the Class 3A North Half runner-up trophy, Hastings and the Lady Blue Devils knocked off perennial powers Riverside and Mooreville before facing Nettleton in the North Half Championship series.
Hastings was a multi-sport athlete at Booneville High School – starring on the softball field as well as the basketball hardwood.
On the fast-pitch diamond, Hastings picked up the All-Division 1-3A award as well as the Lady Blue Devils Best Offensive Player award. Hastings continued to capture slow-pitch awards as well as being named All Division 1-3A, the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal’s All-Area team and the team’s best offensive player.
Hastings, a first baseman, is Booneville High School’s reigning homecoming queen in addition to playing basketball and slow- and fast-pitch softball for the Lady Blue Devils.
On the hardwood, Hastings captured Booneville High School’s sportsmanship award.
When not on the softball diamond or the hardwood at Booneville High School, Hastings is a member of the Math and Science Club, Art Club, Juniorettes, Anchor Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a member of the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) club.
In the classroom, Hastings is on the Booneville High School honor roll as well a Mississippi Scholar and member of the Booneville High School Hall of Fame.