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Edmonds faces UT at Tyson


Michelle Edmonds, standout Farragut shortstop from the Class of 2003 and red-shirt sophomore infielder at Austin-Peay State University, got a big round of hugs from several 2006 FHS seniors after a Lady Ad district tourney win May 8 at William Blount High School.

“They were little runts, and now they’re taller than me,” Edmonds said when recalling how much smaller seniors Lauren Briody, Cayla Smith, Margaret Morris, Jessie Howard and Haley Lewis were three years ago. “They’re awesome, I miss them so much. They’re looking great.”

Coming back to the Lady Governors’ lineup in 2006 after red-shirting following a knee injury last season, “It’s going good, I really like it,” Edmonds said. “I struggled at the plate a little bit this year [32 starts, 38 games played with a .115 average].”

The red-shirt sophomore was moved from starting shortstop to part-time duty at third base for Austin-Peay (final 21-31-2 record). “Next year will be a lot better, hopefully,” she said.

On her children dream of being a UT Lady Volunteer softball player, “I’ve always, like, dreamed of playing at Tyson Park when I was a little girl,” Edmonds said.

Though that dream didn’t happen in UT Orange, Edmonds did fulfill her dream of playing at Tyson Park when APSU visited for a doubleheader versus the powerful top-10-ranked Lady Vols April 11.”

It was awesome to get to play there in front of everybody,” she said. “It was awesome just to have the experience to play.”

Facing UT star pitcher Monica Abbott in game one of a doubleheader, Edmonds grounded out and struck out in two plate appearances in game one as Tennessee won 2-0.

Former Lady Ad and APSU freshman utility outfielder Amy Josephson joined Edmonds in 2006.

“We’ve always been close, we were close in high school, hanging out,” Edmonds said about her relationship with Josephson, who hit .114 with 10 starts and 21 games played.

Josephson was 0 of 2 against UT in game two of the doubleheader, a 5-2 APSU loss.

 

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