Starting in 1995 through last spring, the Flower Mound Marcus Softball Program has had 27 players move on to play at the collegiate level. With the graduation class of 2011 that number will jump by a program record five.
Coach Christy Tumilty has been the head coach since the program’s inaugural season and has never been as fortunate to have such a large group of talented women within the same year.
“I knew this class was coming in five years ago, and it was exciting then, but to see the success these young women have had on and off the field is hard to put into words. They helped us reach the playoffs in 2008, achieve the Regional Finals in 2009 and Regional Quarterfinals in 2010,” said Tumilty.
Each of the players splits her time between high school and club teams. Several tournaments across the country and camps in the winter and summer have been attended to provide exposure to college coaches for each of them.
In the company of family, friends and coaches, these young ladies Wednesday signed their National Letter of Intent to play Collegiate Softball at excellent universities with strong softball and academic programs.
Jennifer Beardsley will be attending the University of North Texas and will be studying Marketing. Jennifer is an outfielder and was named All-District Honorable Mention in 2009 and 2010. Her club team is the Dallas Tigers Gold, coached by James Foust.
Danielle Blocker will be attending Stephen F. Austin University and is studying Medical Science. Danielle has played outfield, infield and pitcher. Her honors include 2008 All-District 2nd Team, 2009 All-District 2nd Team, and 2010 All-District 1st Team. She played in the Texas Elite organization prior to joining the Dallas Tigers Gold.
Tanner Pipkin will be attending the University of Texas at Tyler, majoring in Nursing. Tanner is a catcher and earned 2010 All-District 1st Team selection. She plays club ball with the Dallas Tigers Gold.
Devon Wallace will be attending the University of Arkansas and plans to study Pre-Med. Devon holds many honors including 2008 All-District Newcomer of the Year, 2009 All Area Dallas Morning News 1st Team, 2009 All-District Offensive Player of the Year, and 2010 All-District Co-Offensive Player of the Year. She is a first baseman and plays club ball with Rapid Fire Gold, coached by Brian Menefee.
Hailey Winter will be attending Louisiana Tech University and plans to study Aviation. Her honors include 2009 All-District 2nd Team. Her club team is Glory Gold – Adkins and she plays third base.
For these five young ladies, (softball) diamonds are truly a girl’s best friend.