JACKSON, Tenn. - 6/6/2005 - The Union University softball team has signed Kristen Kirk of Bolivar, Tennessee to play for the Lady Bulldogs starting this coming season. Kirk, a 2005 graduate of Bolivar Central High School, will join Union this fall as a freshman and will major in mathematics.
Kirk, at 5-foot-7, has played numerous positions during her high school career, including time as a shortstop, an outfielder, and also as a pitcher. She started all four season of her high school career under head coach Mike Madden. As a senior, Kirk hit .424 with 27 RBI, and also compiled a 7-6 record on the mound with one save. She posted a 2.24 ERA while striking out 100 batters in 71.2 innings pitched. She is a career .384 hitters and has 91 RBI, 19 wins, and 302 strikeouts during her four years at Bolivar Central. Kirk was named All-District 12-AA as a senior. She was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year, District All-Tournament, All-District, Jackson Sun All-West Tennessee, and a High School Christian Student Athlete second team All-American during her junior season.
“Kristen has pitched and played infield in the past, and her athletic abilities will make an immediate impact on our team,” states Union’s new softball head coach Dr. David Blackstock. “We are extremely excited to have Kristen playing for Union.”
Off the field, Kirk was just as successful and posted just as many honors. She was named a Girl’s State Delegate as a junior, and then Rotary Student of the Month, Most Studious, Most Likely to Succeed, and was named to the Bolivar Central High School Wall of Fame as a senior. In her four years of high school, Kirk earned eight subject awards and was on the Honor Roll each year. Kirk was also a member of numerous clubs, including Fellowship of Christian Athletes, BETA Club president, Yearbook Editor, Spanish Club, and Cheerleading Captain.
Kirk’s father, Tony, was a standout baseball player for the Union Bulldogs and was a member of the 1983 NAIA World Series team. He still holds two records at Union for triples in a game (2) and at bats in a game (7).
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