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Final prep outing typical of Prince

Final prep outing typical of Prince

Posted: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:00 pm

University of Kentucky signee and former Westview softball standout pitcher Meagan Prince got a last chance to put on her Lady Chargers jersey on Thursday.
Prince played in the inaugural Tennessee Softball Coaches Association All-Star Classic in Cookeville that pitted all-stars from West Tennessee against Middle Tennessee and East Tennessee with each team playing two games.
The girls from the western part of the state made their case for being considered the best by beating the group from the Middle 10-0, and then topped the East bunch 4-3 to be the only undefeated team in the classic.
Prince was also named the TSCA Miss Tennessee Softball during the event and is the TSCA Miss West Tennessee Softball.
She pitched just once because the West squad had five pitchers. She pitched at least three innings in the 10-0 win against the Middle Tennessee team.
“I think I did well,” Prince said. “Nobody scored off of me. I think I had four strikeouts, but I am not sure.”
She said she walked one batter and gave up one hit.
“It was just a little fluke hit that went somewhere,” Prince said. “It was not too traumatizing.”
Prince felt she had an advantage over the hitters from the other two teams because they did not know her and have not gone up against her before. She feels that batters who have faced her before know what to expect and she knows what to expect from them.
“For me it was better because I did not know them,” she said. “It is not like having somebody stepping up to the plate who I know and knowing they are a good batter and they know what I am going to throw. It was a clean slate and I could do what I wanted.”
Prince batted in both games and went hitless against the East team. She went 2-for-3 against the Middle team with a bunt single and a base hit up the middle.
She was not expecting to bat at all. She showed up to the games without her bat and batting helmet, but batted leadoff – something she is not accustomed to after usually batting second in the order for Westview.
“I showed up with just a glove,” Prince said. “I did not have a bat or a helmet, and I had to borrow both of those.”
The TSCA wanted her to play in the Tennessee All-Star game against Kentucky, but she is already committed to a mission trip on the day the game is being played.
Next up for Prince is the University of Kentucky, where she is the only girl from the state of Tennessee who was recruited by the Wildcats. She said Kentucky signed only three freshmen.
 She is scheduled to be in Lexington this week for her advising conference and will make to move to Kentucky in mid-August and major in agricultural biotechnology.

Published in The WCP 6.18.13

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