JACKSON, Tenn. - 2/23/2010 - Katie Beth Fesmire, a senior at the University School of Jackson, has signed to play her college softball for the Union University Lady Bulldogs. Fesmire will enter Union this fall as a freshman and will major in nursing or some other medical field.
“Playing college softball has always been a dream of mine”, says Fesmire. “I am so excited to have that opportunity take place at Union University.”
Fesmire, a 5-foot-4 catcher, prepped at the University School of Jackson where she played softball, volleyball and was a varsity cheerleader. Fesmire played five seasons of softball for head coach Brian Dunn. She was a three-time all-district player, twice named all-district tournament, twice named first team Jackson Sun All-West Tennessee and was co-captain as a junior and senior. She posted a .372 average with 78 runs, 69 RBI, 18 doubles, eight triples and nine home runs during her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. Fesmire helped lead her summer team to the Dixie Youth World Series championship game three times, including winning the title in 2008 and finishing runner-up in 2002 and 2007. During the summer of 2009, she was named the best all-around catcher at the Auburn (Ala.) University softball camp.
Union head coach Heather Hall says, "We are thrilled to have Katie Beth join our family here at Union. She is an exceptional student-athlete who will excel both on and off the field. She not only has excellent work ethic and drive, but a sincere passion for the sport of softball. We could not have asked for a better start to our 2011 recruiting class."
Dunn says, “What a great day for Katie Beth and the Fesmire family. It has been an honor to coach Katie Beth these last five years at USJ. She has grown so much as a player through her hard work on and off the field. I know good things are in store for her at Union.”
Off the field, Fesmire was named to the All-Northwest honor choir five times, all-state honor choir as a senior and best actress and supporting actress roles in student plays. She was also the chaplain for the Film and Key Clubs.
Fesmire is the daughter of Ben and Sherry Fesmire of Jackson. Her older brother Benjie is a freshman member of Union’s baseball team, while her younger brother Jordan is a sixth grader at USJ.
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