HOGANSVILLE – For four seasons, Keshonna Terrell was a fixture in the Callaway High lineup, putting up gaudy statistics while also anchoring the defense from her shortstop position.
With the success she enjoyed as a softball player, and as a student, she was going to have an opportunity to play the sport in college, it was just a matter of where.
On Monday during a signing ceremony at Callaway High that included family members, friends, teammates and coaches, Terrell announced her decision.
Terrell, now a former Callaway Lady Cavalier, is heading to Clark Atlanta University on a softball scholarship.
“I know people there, and it’s not too far away from home,” Terrell said. “It’s great. I love the campus. I like the coaching staff. It’s a good school.”
Terrell had already watched three of her former teammates on the Callaway softball team announce their college decisions.
Terrell knew she was going to have her own signing ceremony eventually, and more than a month after she graduated from high school, it finally happened.
“It was kind of a long process,” she said. “But everything worked out.”
Terrell was grateful to be able to share the moment on Monday with her family, including her parents, Lakesia Terrell and Chon Terrell.
“It’s a special day,” she said. “My family, they’ve always been there for me, so I’ve got them here. It’s a great day.”
Terrell said her father, Chon, has been her “rock when it comes to softball.”
“The days I don’t what to go to the field, he’s always pushing me,” she said. “Some days you need that. He’s just awesome. Without him, I don’t know where I’d be. He’s always been there.”
Clark Atlanta is getting an accomplished player.
Terrell stepped right into the Callaway lineup as a freshman, and for four seasons she was one of the team’s best players.
“She’s definitely going to help them out,” Callaway coach Ashley Summerlin said. “She’s just as consistent as can be. She can definitely hit. There’s no doubt about it.”
Summerlin said the only question is where Terrell will end up playing in the field.
“She might be making a move to a corner spot,” Summerlin said. “But she’ll be able to go there, and she’ll be able to contribute, and she’ll be able to get an education, and that’s the big thing. That’s always good.”
When Terrell arrived at Callaway as a freshman in 2012, she was in the lineup from Day 1, and the transition to the high-school game was a smooth one.
Terrell hit .377 with 18 RBIs as a freshman, and she had a monster sophomore season, hitting .471 with 34 RBIs.
She followed that up by hitting .386 with three home runs and 16 RBIs during her junior season, and Terrell hit .362 with a career-high six home runs and 23 RBIs last fall.
Terrell, who helped Callaway reached the state playoffs for four straight seasons, said her time as a Lady Cavalier will always be special.
“Everybody says that your high-school years go by quickly, and it really does,” she said. “Where does the time go? It was an awesome four years.”
She’s ready to move on, though.
“I’m excited, and I’m nervous,” she said. “Even though it’s close, it’s going to be kind of hard to leave, but it’s going to be worth it.”
OF NOTE: For more photos from Monday’s signing ceremony, check out facebook.com/LDNsports
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