WC, Vicksburg standouts set for All-Star games|[06/20/08]

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 20, 2008

A pair of Lady Vikes and a Missy Gator are in Newton County today and Saturday for the slow-and fast-pitch All-Star softball games.

Warren Central senior Shawn Johnson and Vicksburg’s Kaci Flaherty are set for today’s slow-pitch game at 8 p.m., while Warren Central’s Tiffany Fuller will play in the fast-pitch game starting at 2 p.m. Saturday.

All three were multiple honorees on The Vicksburg Post All-County Softball team.

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“Hopefully we have a better team,” Fuller said. “We have a really good pitcher and my batting is coming around so I hope to play well and the team to play well.”

Fuller will be playing on the North squad, which will feature Gatorade Mississippi Softball Player of the Year Whitney Klihni, a fireballer who led South Panola to a Class 5A state championship.

Fuller, a five-year starter for the Lady Vikes, starred in left field and was one of the Lady Vikes’ best all-around players. She hit .293 her senior season with a .955 fielding percentage. This summer she has been playing for a elite summer team that just finished a tournament in Nashville.

Players arrived at Newton County High School on Thursday with the slow-pitch players having practice on Thursday while the fast-pitch players will practice today.

Johnson, who played both slow- and fastpitch at WC, is a slick-fielding shortstop with a rocket arm. In fast-pitch this spring, she finished third on the team with a .323 average. She will play college ball next season at Meridian Community College.

Flaherty has played for the Missy Gators for five years and earned a scholarship to play softball next season at Hinds.

Fuller is on Hinds’ protected list, but said she has no desire to go to Hinds and will instead attend Gulf Coast to be closer to her older sister, Brittany, a softball player at William Carey University. If Fuller can get a release from Hinds, she will be able to play at Gulf Coast, but she said she has not been granted a release and will attend Gulf Coast.