Turpin first Lady Bearcat named to Kentucky All-Stars

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Will play Tennessee on July 1; Also named All-State

By John Herndon

Courtney Turpin did not get much of a chance to show how big her softball bat is at the East-West All-Star games over the weekend.

She walked four times and got just one hit for the West senior team in the series of games at the University of Kentucky. Turpin also pitched four scoreless innings on Saturday.

But Sunday night, she hit a grand slam of sorts when the Anderson County High School graduate was named to the Kentucky All-Star team for its summer series with the Tennessee All-Stars. Turpin is the first player from Anderson County named to the series, which begain in 2006.

The best of three series will be played July 1 at Western Kentucky University.

The team will be coached by Jackie McCloud of George Rogers Clark. Several area players are also on the team, including Tessa Barnes of Western Hills and Dana Jarboe of Franklin County.

?It is a big honor to be chosen out of the 38 other seniors that were on the East and West senior teams to be able to play,” Turpin said. “I am very happy to be able to go play in this game! Its an accomplishment.”

Turpin spent most of her high school career in the pitching circle but has also played some first base and shortstop. Her role on the all-star team, where several players have been pitchers, is unclear. There is no guarantee of playing time in the series.

Turpin, who will play softball collegiately at Campbellsville University, will report to Bowling Green for the game on June 30.

Earlier last week, Turpin learned she has been named to the Class 3A All-State first team by the Kentucky Softball Coaches Association.

It is the second consecutive year in which Turpin was honored in a vote of coaches across the state. A pitcher-infielder, Turpin led the Lady Bearcats to 22 wins before falling in the Eighth Region semi-finals.

“I was very happy to be selected for first team All-State,” Turpin said. “It's a really big honor to receive this.”

Turpin is the first player in Anderson softball history to be a two-time first team all-state selection, according to the KSCA website.

Turpin will be attending Campbellsville University to play softball for the Lady Tigers. This summer she is playing for the Bluegrass Bulldogs.

“This team is a team that you have to be recruited to play for,” she says. “You have to be very committed to play for this team. We do tons of running and conditioning! Each practice consists of two hours of conditioning and two hours of practice every night!”

E-mail John Herndon at jpherndon@theandersonnews.com.