March 7, 2006 Leesburg -- Lee County pitcher Whitney Yeatts thought her playing days were over when the Trojans softball season ended last October,The Lee County senior says she wasn't planning on playing in college, but decided to try out for the Pirates.
Yeatts impressed the coaches so much, she's know likely slotted for a spot in the rotation.
The three-year starter for the Lady Trojans batted .306 last year while helping Lee County to their second region title.
On the mound she picked up eleven wins while striking out fifty batters.
Yeatts led the team in E-R-A the past two seasons, but says she wasn't sure she could do it in college.
"I didn't ever think I was going to make it to the next level. I was planning on going to college for the academics only. But this just sprung upon me, and I just had to take the next step. I never thought I could pitch at the college level. So this is just a shock to me. I'm so excited because I love pitching," says Yeatts.
Lee County coach Lynn Avery says, "She went to the tryouts and told the coach 'I don't know that I'd be able to pitch for you.' He told her to let him be the judge of that. He watched her pitch and said he thought she could pitch quite a bit for him, so we're proud of her."
Chattahoochee head coach Steve Osteen adds, "Whitney was kind of hesitant about whether she could pitch at the college level, so we took a look at her pitching and I have no doubt she'll make an immediate impact next year when she comes in."
Yeatts is expected to be one of the Pirates two starting pitchers next season.