Hamilton infielders Faith Fontenot and Tori Harrison will have another two years on the softball diamond together as both signed their letters of intent on Friday to play at Northeast Mississippi Community College.
“I’m happy because I know her, and we have always played together,” said Fontenot, a third baseman. “It’s going to be good to go down there with her.”
Both players complimented the coaching staff and the facilities at Northeast, which just finished a new baseball/softball complex.
“The facilities were nice, and that was definitely a big draw,” said Harrison, a utility infielder. “The new field is going to be so nice.”
As juniors, both players had strong offensive seasons.
Fontenot hit .471 with two home runs, 11 doubles and 29 RBI, while Harrison hit .589 with eight homers, 14 doubles and 37 RBI.
Both said included hitting as the area they would most like to improve in and named getting back to state as a team goal. The Lady Lions won their only fast-pitch title in 2018.
“I think I should probably get better on everything, but definitely hitting,” Fontenot said. “We would like to get back to state.”
Both Fontenot and Harrison just wrapped up the final slow-pitch season and were all-stars on Tuesday night.
“They have both been starting since eighth or ninth grade, four or five years apiece and in several different positions. They have played key roles over the last few years,” Hamilton coach Bryan Loague said. “They were a big part of our championship in 2018 and two of the main leaders on that team. They were key right in the middle of that lineup and both had big days down there.”