Baylor's Sarah Moore will attend Berry College in Rome, Ga., and plans to play softball at the NCAA Division III school.
This spring will mark Moore's fifth as the starting shortstop for the Lady Red Raiders, who have won the last two TSSAA Division II-AA state championships. She was the winning pitcher in the state-title game her sophomore year, although her prowess is more as a hitter and defender.
Moore batted .382 last season with three homers and 18 doubles. She led Baylor's potent offense with 48 runs scored and also managed to have 42 RBIs from the top spot in the batting order.
"I like her in the leadoff spot because she might open the game with a double and we don't have to bunt her over," Baylor coach Kelli Smith said of Moore, who has a 3.88 GPA and is taking three advanced-placement classes. "She's got great speed. She's got great hands.
"Talent-wise, there's no doubt in my mind she could play at the Division I level. She's got her sights set on different things. Berry is a challenging school. She's looking at the complete picture."
Dinner planned for Kirk
Soddy-Daisy High School is holding a potluck retirement dinner for former softball coach Clifford Kirk in the commons area of the school Saturday from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Kirk retired last spring at the end of a 26-year coaching career after winning his 10th Class AAA state championship. It was his eighth with the Lady Trojans' program, which he took over starting with the 1989-90 school year.
The invitation is open to the public. Soddy-Daisy booster Jane Nunley said those who attend are asked to bring a food item in a covered dish.
Baylor helps GPS
GPS claimed the Division II-AA East/Middle region soccer crown Saturday with some help from its biggest rival.
Baylor's 2-1 victory over Harpeth Hall dropped the Honeybears' region record to 3-1-2, ensuring that the GPS Bruisers (5-0-2) would be the region's top seed when the state playoffs start Saturday.
Baylor (4-2) also putself in a position to be the No. 2 seed from the region heading into the playoffs. The Lady Red Raiders play Pope John Paul II this afternoon in Nashville, while Harpeth Hall plays Ensworth. If both the Lady Raiders and Honeybears win, Baylor will be the No. 2 seed based on its head-to-head win. If Baylor ties, it must hope Harpeth Hall does the same.
Get breaking news from the Times Free Press on Twitter at www.twitter.com/timesfreepress