Amy Eichhorn had a stellar softball career at Franklin County High School. Now she'll be taking her game to the next level, pitching for Midway College next season.
Eichhorn, who graduated from Franklin County last month, recently signed a letter of intent to play softball at Midway where she'll be joining FCHS teammates Stephanie Vincent and Myrissa Patton. Vincent and Patton both signed with Midway last month.
"I guess I never really knew how hard it was to make a decision about college until this summer," Eichhorn said, "but once I figured out where I was going, I was pretty happy with my decision."
For the past four seasons Eichhorn was the Lady Flyers' primary pitcher. During that time she won 101 games and recorded more than 1,000 strikeouts, and this past season she had a 0.80 earned run average while helping FCHS reach the state fast pitch softball tournament for the first time in school history.
"No words can express the amount of impact she's had on our program the last several years," FCHS softball coach Tracy Spickard said, "and the impact the whole Eichhorn family has had on Franklin County softball. It's been such a positive experience for the team, for me as a coach, and for everyone involved in the program."
At Midway Eichhorn will be playing for coach Greg Dempsey, something she did last summer as a member of the Dixie Chics softball team. Dempsey just completed his first year as Midway's coach.
"I heard from quite a few (schools)," Eichhorn said, "some I'd never heard of. Some approached me. I heard from Georgetown and went on an overnight trip there, and Greg approached me. I'd played for Greg before, so I knew about his strategies and tactics, how he plays the game. I enjoy it, and that made the decision that much easier.
"Plus I looked at how close it was to home, the size and stuff," she added.
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