2011-12-08 / Front Page

Fernandes awarded scholarship to play softball at Erskine College


Red Devil Taylor Fernandes (seated, center) signs a scholarship contract to play fast-pitch softball for Erskine College. Looking on are (seated, l-r) David Fernandes; Jan Fernandes; (standing, l-r) Howie Gunby, LCHS principal; Larry Campbell, athletic director; Christie Mattison, softball coach; and Mallory Thigpen, former softball coach at LCHS. Red Devil Taylor Fernandes (seated, center) signs a scholarship contract to play fast-pitch softball for Erskine College. Looking on are (seated, l-r) David Fernandes; Jan Fernandes; (standing, l-r) Howie Gunby, LCHS principal; Larry Campbell, athletic director; Christie Mattison, softball coach; and Mallory Thigpen, former softball coach at LCHS. Lady Devil Taylor Fernandes recently made history by signing a scholarship contract to play fast-pitch softball for the Erskine College Flying Fleet in Due West, South Carolina.

She is the first athlete from LCHS to receive a fast-pitch softball scholarship.

Held in the LCHS Media Center, the signing ceremony was attended by family members, friends, coaches, teachers, and administrators.

“I’m so excited to have this opportunity,” said Fernandes. “I have looked forward to this day since my eighth-grade year, when I realized I wanted to play softball at the next level. It seems as if my hard work has paid off.”

In other comments, she thanked God for giving her the ability to play softball and her parents, brother, sister, coaches, friends, and teachers for their support.

During her career at LCHS, the honor student pitched (first string) and played catcher and shortstop. She was named the Lady Devil’s MVP both as a freshman and as a junior and was designated the Most Valuable Offensive Player her sophomore year. a senior, Fernandes amassed some impressive stats including 15 RBI, 28 runs, a batting average of .404, and an on-base average of .530.

Fernandes has also played second base for the Georgia Rockers Gold, a travel ball team out of Augusta.

Looking toward the future, the talented athlete plans to major in education and communications and hopes to become either a teacher or a film editor.

She is the daughter of David and Jan Fernandes of Lincolnton.

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