DeWitt to play softball at College of Charleston | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 17, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 16, 2016 at 1:21 pm
10-year dream comes true for Lauren DeWitt as she inks softball scholarship.
By CINDY CROSBY
Colleton County High School senior Lauren Ashley DeWitt signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday Nov. 9 to play softball for the College of Charleston. DeWitt, recruited as a third baseman, will be playing for the Cougars in the Colonial Conference within NCAA Division I.
A softball player since she was 6 years old, Dewitt’s dream of playing collegiately became a reality when she verbally committed to the College of Charleston in August of 2015. “I started being recruited by the College of Charleston when I was attending hitting lessons with their coaches,” said DeWitt. “They began watching me at tournaments and clinics during travel ball. I went to every camp at C of C and attended multiple showcases where the coaches were present and looking at recruits. I tried to put myself in front of the coaches as often as possible.”
Although she received interest from Lenoir Rhyne, Coker and Charleston Southern University, DeWitt knew the College of Charleston was where she belonged. “The team, the beautiful campus, the science program and the coaches all helped influence my decision,” said DeWitt. “However, my family, along with my travel ball and high school coaches, supporting my decision to attend C of C, made it even easier.”
Planning to major in marine biology, DeWitt feels the decision to attend College of Charleston falls in line with her academic goals. “College of Charleston has one of the top marine biology programs in the state,” she said. “It was the perfect academic fit.”
On hand for DeWitt’s signing, Dr. Melissa Crosby, principal of Colleton County High School, said, “I have watched Lauren grow and develop as a young woman and an athlete over the past 16 years. She displays a level of commitment that is rarely found today, and she exemplifies the perfect level of balance between academic and athletic success. She is driven and will surely represent CCHS well. I am proud to see that she will remain a Cougar for many years to come!”
DeWitt spent the past six years as part of the Lady Cougar softball program at Colleton County High School. As a four-year varsity letterman, DeWitt has been the anchor at third base for the Lady Cougars and contributed significantly at the plate. After missing much of last season due to an injury, she will likely figure heavily into the Lady Cougars’ pitching rotation this spring.
“Lauren has worked hard for this day and I am very proud of her success,” said Rusty Adams, head coach of the Lady Cougars. “One of the things that impressed me the most about Lauren is her work ethic. I recently put a lottery ticket on each girl’s locker and asked them what it represented. One of them said it represented a lot of money and I replied that’s true — if you win. But it also represents luck. I then asked the team if we were going to rely on luck this season or were we going to rely on ourselves? I can promise you one thing, Lauren DeWitt never depended on luck to be successful at softball. She was always able to do whatever it took to go above and beyond. I am very fortunate to have been her coach and look forward to watching her continue to grow as a person and player.”
According to DeWitt, there were many coaches along the way who helped her realize her goal. “I would like to thank Tony Mendez and Pete Heinrich, my current travel ball coaches, for believing in me and impacting my future,” said DeWitt. “Also, Rusty Adams who has been a constant in my life since I was little and led me to be the player I am today. I am excited about the upcoming high school season with Coach Adams and Coach Mallory Crawford. Others who have had a big impact on my career and helped me reach my goal of playing in college are Amy Mendez, Jeff Rabun, Larry Wiggins (CrossFit Always Strong), Amber and Roger Gantt and Jim Cook.”
Equally important, DeWitt credits her dad, Chad, for spending countless hours practicing softball with her. “When we did not have practice, my dad and I would go to the pasture where he would hit ground ***** to me and we’d hit off the tee or soft toss,” said DeWitt. “All the extra workouts and practice would not have happened if I did not have him to push me. I am grateful that my parents and siblings sacrificed so much for me to be able to play softball. I’d like to thank them for allowing me those opportunities and remind them how much I love them!”
Lauren is the daughter of Chad and Tabatha DeWitt of Green Pond. She has a 3.83 GPA and is ranked No. 40 in her class. A Cougar New-Tech student, she is in the National Honor Society, Student Council and Young Agents of Change. Lauren serves a Cougar New Tech Ambassador and is on the Director’s Advisory Council.
She is recipient of the following athletic honors: Academic Letter, All-Region (2015), All-Lowcountry HM (2015), Offensive Player of the Year (2015), Queen of Diamonds MVP, Max Sports Report Player of the Week (March 15, 2015; April 7, 2015) HSSR Top Players to Watch List (2013-16), 53 Career Home Runs.
“This didn’t just happen,” said Coach Adams. “She earned it.”