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AJ ace duo signs to play at USCL

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Lady Vols' Blackmon, Williams

By Robert Howey

 

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KERSHAW – University of South Carolina Lancaster softball coach Alan Blankenship is steadily filling the void of a depleted outfield.

The Lancers are losing their entire outfield, so Blankenship has been on the recruiting trail in search of key replacements.

Earlier this month, he landed Buford’s Daphne Honeycutt and on Friday, May 11, he added a quality pair from the Andrew Jackson High softball program

– Jamee Blackmon and Ashley Williams.

“They are stars in our program and they’re going to be an asset at USCL as they build that program,” Andrew Jackson High softball coach Steve Middleton said. “I hate to lose them, but we wish them the best.”

Blankenship is elated to land the AJ duo.

“I’m tickled to get players who are prepared to play as these two players are in coming out of the AJ program,” Blankenship said. “They will step in and help us off the bat.”

Blackmon, in left field, and Williams, AJ’s center fielder, were mainstays for the Lady Vols who won the Region IV-AA title and earned a Class AA Upper State playoff berth.

Blackmon batted .374 with 17 runs batted in and 18 runs scored.

She batted .410 the second half of the season and had four game-winning runs batted in.

She played five seasons and highlighted this season, handling 27 of 31 defensive chances.

She won the Lady Vols’ Defensive Award as a junior and reaped all-region honors this season when she earned the Coaches Award.

Williams, who played four years, hit .388 with a .428 on-base percentage.

She drove in 18 runs and led the Lady Vols with 44 runs scored. She also had 24 stolen bases and handled 44 of 46 defensive chances.

She has been selected to play in the annual North-South All-Star game in Aiken next month.

She also had 24 stolen bases and handled 44 of 46 defensive chances.

She has been selected to play in the annual North-South All-Star game in Aiken next month.

Williams was named to the all-region team.

“Ashley was consistent,” Middleton said. “She was our second hitter and did a good job of moving runners.”

AJ outfield coach Ellenia Snipes said Blackmon and Williams were the backbone of the Lady Vols team.

“They’re good leaders,” she said. “They stepped up and gave 100 percent.”

Williams said she’s glad to be headed to USCL.

“It’s not far from home and it’s a good program,” she said. “The softball program is good and I look forward to playing with coach Blankenship.”

Blackmon is also happy with her choice.

“I think USCL will be a good start for me,” she said. “I feel coach Middleton has prepared us to move to the next level.

“I’m glad I have a chance to continue my education and softball career,” Blackmon said.