FCHS' Patton signs with Midway

By LINDA YOUNKIN State Journal Sports Writer Published:

Midway College was just what Myrissa Patton was looking for.

Patton signed a letter of intent with Midway Thursday to play softball at the school. She graduated from Franklin County earlier this month.

"I really wanted to stay close to home and still play softball," Patton said. "That was the main thing. I didn't want to go far away, I wanted to stay home and play softball."

She'll get a chance to do just that at Midway, which went 14-33 last season in Greg Dempsey's first year as head coach.

"I had two catchers this past year and lost both of them, one to academics and one to graduation," Dempsey said. "That left me with one catcher, and at this level you can't hardly get by with one. We needed someone to step in and catch some innings."

Patton was a member of the FCHS team for five years and was the starting varsity catcher for four years, including this past season when the Lady Flyers won the 11th Region tournament and went to the state tournament where they finished seventh.

"She's another one who stepped up," FCHS coach Tracy Spickard said. "We threw her out there as a freshman, and that's a lot of responsibility to ask of someone when you play the level of competitiveness we like to play at Franklin County.

"She learned on the job," Spickard added, "learning the game and growing into a confident catcher who calls pitches and takes charge of the game."

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