By Collin Brooks
Science Hill junior Mia Edwardson and University High’s senior Ari Ramsaran represented the Tri-Cities area on the 2017 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Softball Team that was released June 30.
Edwardson batted .474 on the season and belted nine home runs while also collecting 19 doubles. The junior tallied 41 RBIs on the season. Ramsaran manned shortstop for the Lady Bucs and batted .522 on the season while racking up six home runs and a team-high 40 RBIs. She has signed with Gordon College, which is a NCAA Division III school located
in Wenham, Massachusetts.
“I am very honored to have received this award,” Ramsaran said. “I am glad that I could bring recognition to University School on a larger scale while playing the last five years. I am grateful to the excellent coaching staff and my great teammates.”
Ramsaran started playing for the Lady Bucs varsity squad in eighth grade. Edwardson has been playing the last three years for the Lady Hilltoppers. She said she didn’t expect the honor in her junior year, but was very grateful to receive it.
“I worked really hard this past season and this proves that hard work pays off,” Edwardson said. “The season could have gone a little better, but I’m so blessed to be able to play the game I love with a group of girls that I love.”
Edwardson will return for her senior season with the Lady Hilltoppers and she said she hopes they will be able to improve on their record from last season.
“We hope to accomplish going further next season,” Edwardson said. “I’m going to continue to work hard during the off-season and encourage my teammates to do the same. Hopefully, that will help us accomplish even more than we did this year.”
Ramsaran will begin her freshman season at Gordon College next year, but she hopes to continue her winning ways.
“I am very excited and humbled to play softball at the next level,” she said. “I am happy I get to continue my softball career and get a great education. I’m also excited to live in and explore a new part of the country and of course catch a few Red Sox games.”
The only other girl from the Tri-Cities that made the team was Elizabethton junior Lauren Brickey, who represented the Lady Cyclones on the AA team.