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Lily Strickland Signs with Jackson State

Senior Lily Strickland has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Jackson State Community College next year. Strickland is a four-year letterman for the Lady Cats softball team, playing at first base and pitching.  Strickland plans to major in Physical Therapy with the goal of becoming a Physical Therapy Assistant.

Strickland is pictured with her parents, Danny and Sarah Strickland, sister Chloe Strickland, maternal grandmother Rhonda Lambert, maternal great-grandfather Ralph Lambert, maternal grandfather Kenny Lambert, Kim Carroll, boyfriend Tyler Plunk, and coaches Mellanie Surratt, Shane Griswell, and Misty Brown.

She began playing softball at age 6 at Ramer, and has played ever since.  One of her favorite softball memories came last summer as a player on an 18u team with coaches Shane Griswell and dad Danny Strickland.  Griswell said the opposing team's coach told everyone to move back, as they expected Strickland to hit deep into the outfield. Griswell called for a bunt instead, and Strickland gained the base, despite not being a fast runner.  When she came to bat again the second time, Griswell called for the bunt again, and Strickland again gained the base.  On the third bunt Strickland managed a double. The opposing coach yelled to his players that they should have expected it, since she'd done it the previous two times at-bat.