Nashville --- Head softball coach Jeff Dabney has announced the addition of five student-athletes for the 2012 season.
Brittany L. Davis, Kate Morris, Shea Morris, Jordan Rehl and Amanda Van Vranken have signed National Letters-of-Intent to play softball at Tennessee State University.
"We are very excited about the first five signees," said first year Head Coach Jeff Dabney. "Fortunately, we were able to fill all of our needs in the early signing period and we have a very solid group."
Brittany Davis (1st base/ outfielder) turned in a .444 batting average at Santa Fe College. She also received honorable mention in the Mid-Florida Conference and was named to the All-Academic team. Davis will join the program in Spring 2012.
"Brittany has a work ethic and leadership qualities that we will need to permanently change this program into a championship contender. She has a solid bat and the ability to player four different positions. We are looking forward to her helping us this spring."
A native of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Kate Morris led Lawrence County HS in RBI last season and had the third highest batting average on the team. The catcher/outfielder was named the Best Defensive Player in the 2007 All-Star State Tournament.
"Kate is my type of player. This program needs players with a passion for the game and work ethic that can't be equaled. We believe she is an important piece to our championship vision."
Shea Morris is a right-handed pitcher from Lawrenceburg, Tenn. She was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2009 USSA Tennessee State Tournament in 2009 and received the Best Pitcher award at the 2008 USGF World Series.
"Shea is a very good pitcher and has the ability to dominate in the circle. In order to win championships, you have to have great pitching and I believe Shea has the ability to help us towards that goal."
Jordan Rehl (1st base) was named to the All-District and All-Tournament teams at Greenbriar High School. She has also been a Gupton Dodge player of the week selection.
"Jordan was a great find for us . She is a very good infielder that has the ability to make everyone in our infield better."
Amanda Van Vranken has been named to the 7AAA All-District team for three consecutive years. The catcher/ infielder was also honored as the Blackman's Offensive Player of the Year for three straight seasons.
"Amanda is a game changer at the plate. She will help ease the loss of two of the best hitters in the OVC. I expect big things from Amanda. She is the type of hitter and player that will help us compete with anyone in the country."