By: Lee Ramsey
Courtney Ervin of the Seymour Lady Eagles Softball team signed a Letter of Intent to play for Austin Peay State University.
The signing ceremony took place in the Seymour High School Library with many of Ervin’s family members, coaches and friends present.
Courtney Ervin is the daughter of Gordon and Becky Ervin of Seymour who were both present for the signing along with her brother Jacob and many other family members.
All three of her high school coaches were there including Dana Carter, Katie McCroskey and Matt Ballard.
Ervin will be playing for Casey Dickson at APSU who played softball at the University of Oklahoma, the same school that Carter played for.
While Ervin still has her last season this spring, she has already piled up many honors. She was All-District Tournament Team her freshman year and her junior year. Ervin’s junior year however, was also her first year playing in the tough IMAC Conference.
She had a .615 batting average her junior season in the IMAC Tournament and .444 for the regular season.
“This means a lot. It feels really good. I’ve worked my whole life to get here,” said Courtney Ervin. “It feels really good to finally get to this day. I’m finally going to play softball in college.”
She was asked when she began playing softball, “I started playing T-ball when I was five years old and I’ve been playing ever since.”
“She will be truly missed because to me she is one of the best centerfielders to ever come through this program,” Lady Eagle Head Coach Dana Carter. “To me it’s kind of special being a Division I college player.
“This type of signing is very exciting for Courtney and our program; and for the future of our softball program.
“This signing and Courtney’s picture in the paper sets such high standards for the girls coming in. Courtney is still getting letters from schools but she has always wanted to go to APSU. She didn’t take any other trips. Courtney likes the school and the coach.”
“When we first started, we did it for fun, and then we were asked to go on a traveling team. This is a way to pay for her education,” Gordon Ervin. “She’s played traveling ball since she was 15 playing all over the country in front of a lot of college coaches.
“Other schools showed interest like UT Martin, Tennessee State and Western Kentucky, but she like APSU.
“Show Case playing isn’t about winning and losing; it’s about playing at the right place at the right time and finding the right coach.”
When asked about how hard she has had o work to get to this point, Gordon Ervin responded, “She has worked hard and is still working hard. Courtney works out 3 days a week now in the off season on speed, conditioning and hitting.”
The Seymour Herald would like to congratulate Courtney Ervin on her signing with the Lady Governors.
Seymour’s Ervin Signs with Austin Peay
By: Lee Ramsey