With the District 5-AAA softball tournament about to get underway, Walker Valley shortstop Rachel Percy was able to get her post-high school plans locked up as she signed with Tennessee Wesleyan College Wednesday afternoon.
Having decided a few months ago that she wanted to become a Lady Bulldog, all that was left for the current Lady Mustang to do was cross the t’s and dot the i’s.
“I decided in January that I wanted to sign with Tennessee Wesleyan. They started talking to me in November, after summer and fall ball,” Percy said. “I think I will bring a lot of defense to their team, which I what I think they are looking for, mostly. I’m ready to help out wherever they want me to play. We’ve talked about a few different positions, so I’m open to where they need me.”
Percy, who intends to major in education, was impressed with the academic offerings as well.
“They have a very good education program at Tennessee Wesleyan,” Percy stated.
According to Lady Bulldogs assistant coach Cyndy Davis, who was a part of the recruiting process, Percy’s versatility played a huge role in the school’s decision to sign her.
“She will probably be a good fit at second or third base, but the outfield is always an option when you have a player with versatility,” Davis commented. “She just goes out and gives 100 percent. Anything you ask her to do she is willing to do it, and that’s what we look for.”
Percy is a part of a large recruiting class of 11-13 girls, as Tennessee Wesleyan has a large senior class graduating this year.
So far this season, the shortstop has a batting average of .240, an on-base percentage of .288, and a slugging percentage of .433.
Percy has 25 hits, which includes 15 singles, four doubles, two triples and four home runs.
The Lady Mustang has driven in 17 RBIs and has scored 28 runs.
“I think Rachel will do great job at Tennessee Wesleyan, because she is coachable and a hard worker,” Walker Valley head coach Lauren Limburg stated. “I’m proud of all the extra time and effort that she has put in to making herself the best that she can be. I think she will excel there, but we’re definitely going to miss her next year.”