GALLATIN - Green Wave softball standout Kemiah Michel will continue her academic and athletic career just up the road at Volunteer State Community College after signing her letter of intent last week.
“It was pretty hard getting to this point because I hadn’t received any offers for a little while,” she told the Gallatin News. “All of a sudden, at once, I got a few offers and took a few visits before deciding that Vol State was the best choice to help her get to the University of Tennessee.
“I’m excited about my parents and friends being able to come and see me play,” she said of playing close to home. “I want to get to Tennessee after my time playing for Vol State. You will see me there one day.”
Michel will study physical therapy during her time at Vol State.
“She is a very athletic player,” Vol State head coach Johnny Lynn said. “She has a ways to get where she wants to go but this could be a great thing for her in two years she could might end up where she wants to be. You can coach a lot of things but you can’t coach speed and our offense we are built for speed. She will walk right in after losing some speedsters. Not to mention she is a good softball player. She has a softball head on her and that is just a bonus.”
Gallatin softball coach Michael Raper has been with Michel for the last two seasons, adding that the Lady Pioneers are adding a great person and softball player to their program.
“She is a great leader and she really stepped in and took over that role for us this year,” he said. “She was our only senior and did a great job communicating with the girls which helped us out as coaches so much. She is a hard player, emotional player and very competitive. Vol State is getting a good player in her.”
Michel batted .436 during her senior season with an on-base percentage of .500, 46 stolen bases, 39 runs scored, 20 RBIs, nine extra base hits and one home run. She was named to the Main Street Preps All-Sumner County softball team.