It was a big week for the Hatton Hornet’s softball program as Laney Jeffreys became the second Hornet of the week to sign to play at the next level.
After completing her senior year, Jeffreys will be a Calhoun Warhawk.
Jeffreys becomes the eighth Hornet to sign to play at the next level in the past two years, joining a long list of talented players to go on to the next level.
“I’ve said it time and time again that I’ve been very fortunate to what I’ve come into,” said Hatton head coach Denton Bowling. “These girls, day in and day out, they grind and work and their willingness to compete is unrivaled by anybody I’ve ever coached.”
Sometimes lost in the shuffle, as her teammates draw the headlines, Jeffreys has been just as crucial to the success of the Hatton program the past three seasons, including starting as a freshman and earning All State honors in 2017.
“That’s the type of player Laney is, she does the dirty work and she does whatever we ask her to,” Bowling said. “As a ninth grader in the state tournament our big dogs were struggling and Laney comes up and goes 3-3, knocks in four runs, to help us win a game.”
She has made a name for herself being a versatile player for the Hornets, playing just about every position in the infield.
“She’s played catcher, third base, first base, DP and her willingness to be versatile has helped her stand out,” said Bowling. “Typically she’s the one in the middle of the lineup that does the grunt work, but when you sign a player like Laney, a coach knows he’s getting a player that can do damage with a bat and also move around and help you anywhere in the infield in my opinion and still perform at a high level.”
Signing with Calhoun means that Jeffreys will get to achieve the dream of a lifetime.
“I’m glad I get to experience it,” she said. “When I went to Calhoun it just felt like home and now I get to experience something that not many people get to.”