Kristin Wallace has had a good year.
Augusta Christian softball player Kristen Wallace sits between her parents, Sharon and David Wallace, and in front of her grandparents and coaches as she signs a scholarship to play for Southern Wesleyan.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
This past fall, the Augusta Christian senior was named homecoming queen. She followed that by being named as one of the two state finalists from Augusta Christian Schools for the Wendy's High School Heisman award.
Then, Wallace signed a letter of intent to play softball at Southern Wesleyan this past Friday.
"I guess you could say that everything has gone pretty good this year," she said. "But I still have a season to go and it could get better."
Wallace, 17, became the second member of her summer team, the Rockers, to commit to Southern Wesleyan, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school in Central, S.C.
Heather Kupitz signed with the Warriors this past November and let Wallace know about the opportunity to play.
"She told me about the school and she seemed to be in love with it," Wallace said.
"The same thing happened to me the more and more I learned about the school."
Although she will play the middle infield for the Warriors, Wallace has started as a pitcher for Augusta Christian.
She was named All-State as a freshman in the school's inaugural season of fastpitch softball.
"That was really good timing," Wallace said. "Before I got to high school, the school only had slow pitch softball. I got real lucky."
It was Wallace, however, who was really good.
She had played fastpitch since she was 8 years old and had as much, or more, experience than any student at Augusta Christian.
Wallace, the senior class treasurer and yearbook editor, hit .450 last season for the Lady Lions. She also stole 48 bases in a season.
She said that she is relieved to get the signing out of the way before the upcoming season begins. Softball is a spring sport in the South Carolina Independent Schools Association.
"We have a new coach this year and I'm excited about that," Wallace said.
"Now that I know where I'm going to school, I can concentrate on helping my team win games. Hopefully, we do a lot of that this season."
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