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The softball pipeline from Lancaster High School to Columbia College added another solid link on Wednesday, March 6.
Lancaster High School senior pitcher Katy Ghent signed to play with the Fighting Koalas, giving LHS three players for the NAIA softball program.
“I love a pipeline like this because I know we’re getting good ballplayers, good students and good people,” Columbia College coach James Morrison said. “These are quality young ladies and you know they are coming from a good program. Coach Perry has been instrumental in this pipeline because she’s giving us young ladies who are ready to work and get on the field.
“Katy is humble and hard working and has a strong love for the game,” Morrison said.
Ghent will join a program which features two Lancaster High links.
Erin Walker is a freshman pitcher with the Columbia College softball program this season, and Lady Bruins’ teammate, Claire Brown, signed with the Fighting Koalas in mid-January.
Ghent, a six-year letterman with the Lady Bruins’ softball program, has earned all-region honors the last two seasons.
A year ago, Ghent won the Highest Batting Average Award with a .425 average. In her sophomore campaign, Ghent earned the RBI Award, driving in 19 runs.
Ghent, who has drawn most of her past playing time with LHS at shortstop, has made the move to handle the Lady Bruins’ pitching chores this season.
“Katy has responded well in making that transition this season,” LHS softball coach Kim Perry said.
“Katy continues to keep us in the games by doing a great job pitching. She was thrown into the starting position and has taken on the challenge with great excitement. She continues to work hard everyday to enhance her pitching skills to allow us to be competitive in our games.
“I feel confident no matter where she plays that she will do well. She will be beneficial to the Columbia College softball program.
“I’m so happy for Katy because I know how hard she has worked for this day,” Perry said. “Columbia College is getting a good one.”
Morrison said he likes Ghent for several reasons.
“Katy has a strong bat, but she also can pitch and we have to take a look there because you never have enough pitchers,” Morrison said. “The work ethic is there. Katy’s a good, strong student and she works hard.”
Lancaster High School athletic director Mark Strickland said Ghent has been a key player in the Lady Bruins’ softball success.
“Katy has been a steady force in our softball program,” Strickland said. “She’s a good person and is a product of good parents. Katy has represented our program in the way it should be.”
LHS principal Dr. Joe Keenan said he’s happy for Ghent, who sports a 3.7 GPA (grade point average).
“I’m thrilled for Katy,” Keenan said. “Columbia College is getting a good player and a good person. We’re glad to have her for one more season with our softball team and we wish her the best in her future.”