DCHS Tigerettes Lexie Bates and Myranda Bailiff have signed to play their college softball for the Lady Bulldogs of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee next season.
The two senior standouts put pen to paper Thursday afternoon at the DCHS Library. Bates and Bailiff were joined by members of their families and coaches for the occasion.
“I went up there for a visit and loved the environment, the place where the college is located, and all the girls and coaches. Overall it was somewhere where I thought would be great to spend the next four years,” Bates told WJLE.
“I chose Union mainly for the Christian environment. I know I’ll be surrounded by really great people and professors. It’s a great nursing school,” added Bailiff.
As for this season, both Lexie and Myranda are hoping to help guide the Tigerettes to another state tournament appearance. “I think we’re doing wonderful this year and I think we have a good opportunity to go to state again and maybe even win it,” said Bailiff.
“Lexie and Myranda have been very good players over the past four years,” Tigerette Coach Danny Fish told WJLE. “ As freshmen they came in as role players and started as sophomores. They have really matured over the past three years and have been a part of three consecutive state tournament runs. Lexie is our second baseman. She is a slapper and speed player. Myranda is one of our power players. She plays first base and has been a very good defensive first baseman over the last couple of years. She usually comes up with some big hits. They are playing very well for us and Union has picked up two good players. I am very happy for them. They will do well,” he said.
Located in Jackson, Tennessee, Union is a private, Christian, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts-based university offering bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.
Founded in 1823, Union is the oldest institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Union is a member of the Gulf South Conference affiliated at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level
Heather Hall, head softball coach at Union University, is now in her 10th season with the Lady Bulldogs and has compiled a record of 284-194 (.594) over her career.