BENTON — Felecia Johnson, the lone senior on Polk County’s 2014 softball team, will be continuing her softball career just up the road in Athens for Tennessee Wesleyan College.
“She’s always had a dream of playing and we are fortunate here locally with some NAIA school and junior colleges that give kids opportunities to play,” Polk County head coach Bill Triplett stated. “I’m happy that she’s continuing on and will get her degree. Ultimately, that’s the most important thing.”
Playing softball at the collegiate level is something that Johnson has been hoping for during her time as a Lady Wildcat. The soon to be Lady Bulldog knows that there is more work to do.
“I’m just thankful to have the chance to play at the next level,” Johnson proclaimed. “I’m going to have to build up more speed and get stronger offensively.”
While she is still undecided as to her intended major, Johnson is most interested in pursuing a degree in either physical education or special education.
According to Triplett, Johnson will adapt well to playing college ball.
“Felecia is a very good defensive player and will play right away defensively. She’s got to continue to get better hitting,” Triplett commented. “Once she gets up there, gets in the weight room and just works on softball year round she will be fine...She can run and play great defense. She will play the small ball part of the game and is very good at it.”
In her team’s 25-8 overall season, Johnson had a .342 batting average and a total of 16 stolen bases. Defensively, Johnson only had two errors in the field all season. She hit .340 during her junior season.
“She’s always had good speed. We’ve hit her in the ‘nine spot’ for the last two years primarily because we needed two leadoff hitters,” Triplett explained.
This past season marked the first time in 20 years that the Lady Wildcats had claimed the District 5-AA championship after going undefeated in district play.
Being apart of the history making team is one of the soon-to-be Lady Bulldog’s fondest memories.
“In my senior season we won the district and it was great getting to experience that with my younger teammates,” Johnson declared.
Polk went on to win the District 5-AA tournament as well, and was sent on the road after falling to Chattanooga Central in the Region 3-AA championship game.
The Lady Wildcat’s season came to a close in the TSSAA Sectional game at the hands of Sequatchie County, just one win away from the state tournament.