She knew right away.
When LaGrange High softball player Karsin Spinks visited the campus of Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., she knew that was where she wanted to make her college home.
“As soon as I went to that school, I completely fell in love with it, with the coaches and everything,” Spinks said.
On Thursday, during a ceremony with friends, family members and coaches, Spinks made it official by signing her letter of intent to play softball at Samford.
“I’m ready to go to college, and I can’t wait to get there,” Spinks said.
Emily Anderson, another standout on the LaGrange softball team, is also ready to take the next step.
On Wednesday night, Anderson signed her letter of intent to play for Georgia Tech, and she’ll get to test herself against some of the best college softball players in the country.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how I hold up,” Anderson said. “I’ll be a whole new level.”
Both players had exceptional careers at LaGrange High.
Anderson was a four-year starter at pitcher, and she made multiple all-state teams.
As a senior, she was 17-6 with a 1.16 earned run average, and she achieved a milestone when she recorded her 1,000th career strikeout against Northwest Whitfield in the opening round of the state playoffs.
“She got her 1,000th strikeout, which was all of our goal this year,” LaGrange softball coach Jan Jones said. “We hoped she would get it, and it just so happened that it was the last game. That was exciting for her to be able to have that accomplishment.”
Spinks also started for four seasons, and she played numerous positions before settling down at first base, which is where she’ll play in college.
“Their leadership for all four years has been outstanding,” Jones said. “They were very good players their freshman year, and they continued to work on it.”
Jones expects both players to succeed in college.
“They’ll do really well,” she said. “We’re excited about them.”