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Woodland’s Fritz signs with SE La.
by Ericka Birdsong
ebirdsong@neighbornewspapers.com
November 21, 2012 12:03 PM | 1320 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Senior catcher Lacey Fritz stands on her home field for one of the last times before signing to Southeastern Louisiana University on Nov. 16.
Senior catcher Lacey Fritz stands on her home field for one of the last times before signing to Southeastern Louisiana University on Nov. 16.
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After four seasons of softball at Woodland, senior Lacey Fritz last week signed to play for Southeastern Louisiana University.

As of Friday, Nov. 16, Fritz is officially committed to play softball for the Lions in Hammond, La.

“Lacey has made a great choice for her college career. She attended a camp that they hosted and met with the coaching staff. They are really excited about her,” said head coach Colman Roberts.

Fritz said she really likes the coach and the program. Getting out of Georgia was a large factor for Fritz in deciding what school she would attend.

“I want to get out on my own and do something different,” Fritz said.

Another factor that caused Fritz to choose Southeastern Louisiana was the state of the program. She said they are working on turning the program around and recruiting some big players. The Southland Conference team finished 15-34 overall in 2012 and 22-30 overall in 2011.

During her time at Woodland, Fritz was a four-year starter. During her freshman and sophomore years Fritz was used as a designated hitter but moved to catcher for her junior and senior years.

Finishing out her senior year, Fritz helped lead the Wildcats to the state playoffs with 34 hits, five home runs, 29 RBIs and a batting average of .366 in 93 at-bats. Over all four years Fritz had 116 hits, nine home runs, 92 RBIs and a batting average of .338. Fritz also was named to the first team All Region 5-AAAAA this season, first team All Region 7-AAA in 2011 and Georgia Elite 80 in 2011.

Now that she is moving on, Fritz said the things she will miss the most will be her fellow players as she has played with some of them since middle school. She said she also will miss playing for the coaches that she has grown accustomed to and representing Woodland.

“Just keep working hard,” Fritz said, in answer to what she would tell the players.

As she prepares to move to a new state and play for a new team, Roberts has no doubt Fritz will do well at the next level.

“She will do fine at the collegiate level. Lacey faces some of the best pitching in travel ball and that has prepared her for what’s coming the next four years…Lacey has a great family that has supported her in her softball career,” said Roberts.

“I am very proud of her.”
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