Savage signs to play softball for Vol State

By | November 28, 2016 11:39 pm

Maggie Savage became the second WCHS student athlete from the Class of 2017 to sign a letter of intent to play college sports.

Last week, Savage signed her name on the dotted line to play softball at Volunteer State Community College in Gallatin, Tennessee. Savage, who is a first baseman and pitcher for the Warriorettes, is being signed by Coach Johnny Lynn to be a pitcher for his Lady Pioneers.

Lynn has been coaching softball at Vol State for 23 years. He talked about what brought Savage to his attention.

“Every college needs a great pitcher. We were out at a showcase watching a young lady pitch and I got to watching Maggie. I clocked her the whole game and she pitched pretty good. She’s got the size and strength, if she keeps working and wanting to get better, she can do big things for us. I saw a lot of upside from Maggie. I had one of my assistants make contact with her and we had her up for a work out. First of all, she’s a good young lady and that’s what we want. Everyone I have talked to about Maggie says she’s a classy young lady and, not to mention, she can pitch.”

Savage, who began playing softball all the way back in tee ball, has worked hard on her game. In addition to being in the line-up for the Warriorettes for the last three seasons, she has also spent a lot of time playing travel ball, the last two of which have been spent with the Knoxville Explosion.

Savage, who plans to major in psychology, discussed the things that led her to Vol State, “It’s close to home. When I visited I liked the school and I really liked the coaches.”

While she is not sure exactly what she plans to do with her psychology major, Savage will have plenty of time to make that decision. She plans to continue on to a four-year university and hopes to be able to do that while continuing her softball career, as well.

Savage, who was a member of the All District 6AAA team this season, is not the first Warriorette to go to Vol State to play softball for Lynn. Sasha Howell did so several years ago and then transferred to Tennessee Tech.

Lynn talked about what he does to help his players, “That is one of the biggest parts of my job – to get players prepared to play at the next level. We always have several players each season continue on. We try to play a tough schedule in the fall season against big programs to help prepare the girls. This fall, we played Tennessee and MTSU. We want our players to see those programs and for those programs to see our players. We were predominantly freshman last year and will be sophomore oriented this year. That means Maggie will be in a big class.”

Savage has had aspirations of playing softball and did the work to get the opportunity. She is also excited about getting to focus on pitching.

“I have always enjoyed pitching and look forward to being able to concentrate on that. I have played travel softball to get me ready. I think it helped me see better competition and pushed me to do better.”

Her travel ball coach, Joe Burchfield, was one of many of the Savage supporters on hand to join her on signing day. In addition to all her coaches, past and present, there were also lots of family members, friends and teammates there to witness the signing.

Savage pitched 63 innings last season for the Warriorettes and struck out 51 batters while walking only 14.

Former WCHS softball coach, Erin Replogle, who has coached Savage the last three years said, “I am extremely proud of Maggie and her opportunity to continue her softball career at the next level. Vol State is getting a special person, not only for her potential on the field, but also for whom she is off the field. Maggie has a tremendous work ethic on the field, and is an excellent student in the classroom. During my time as head coach of the Warriorettes, I enjoyed coaching Maggie. She gives her teammates and coaches everything she can on the field. I wish her luck as she continues her softball journey, as I know she will find success. Again, I am so proud of her and can’t wait to see what she does at the collegiate level.”

New Warriorette head coach, Michael Dodgen, also weighed in on the signing, “I am very happy for Maggie on decision to sign with Vol State. They are a good softball program that goes after midstate players and develops them to help them go on to four-year schools. Maggie has seen a lot of action over the last several years, both for WCHS and on her travel teams. I am looking forward to her senior season and hoping she pitches us to a lot of wins this year. She is a great person, both on and off the field – the kind we like to have representing our program and our high school. I am happy for her and her family.”

WCHS athletic director, Terry Crain, who was also on hand at the signing, noted, “It has been a pleasure watching Maggie play at WCHS. She always gives 100 percent on the field and in the classroom. Vol State is getting a good athlete and a great student and person. I wish her the best.”

Grant Swallows, WCHS principal, added, “When college coaches come in for signing ceremonies I feel like I always tell them that they are getting a great kid. There is a reason for that. White County High School has great students and some great student-athletes. Maggie Savage is at the top of that list. She is an outstanding student, great player, and even better person. She’s been a quiet leader on the volleyball court and the softball field. She doesn’t say much, but she leads by her example. I have no doubt that she will be successful at Vol State and in whatever she does. I’m really happy for her and her family.”

Savage is happy to have the decision out of the way and ready to get on with her senior year, “It is a relief to get this decision out of the way and be able to concentrate on my senior season. I love this school and playing with my friends. It’s been an important part of my life. As far as the season goes, it would be great if we could win the district this year, which is a goal, but I also want to have fun and enjoy playing with my friends one last time at White County High School.”

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