Nov. 21, 2005
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech softball program signed Carrie Jones and Kory Keaton to national letters-of-intent during the early signing period, announced by head coach Ehren Earleywine on Monday afternoon.
“Both of these young ladies are tremendous players and student-athletes,” said Earleywine. “We welcome them and their families into our program.”
Jones, a native of Columbus, Ga., is a catcher/third baseman and hit .451 during her senior season at Shaw High School. She was named Gatorade Rookie of the Year in 2002, Gatorade Player of the Year in ’04 and voted as the team’s Most Dedicated Athlete from 2002-04. Jones earned all-region first team honors in ’04 and was selected to the All-Bi-City team in three consecutive seasons (2002-04).
“Carrie catches and plays third base,” said Earleywine. “Her strengths are her ability to hit and do so with power. She also has an outstanding arm and could turn out to be a very good catcher. Since we lost three catchers this fall, we needed to regain some ground at that spot.”
Keaton, a native of Portland, Ore., played shortstop at Lincoln High School. She posted a .444 batting average during her junior season. Keaton also was one of the team leaders in stolen bases, runs batted in and triples. She attended Beaverton High School during her freshman and sophomore seasons and helped guide her team to a No. 1 ranking in the state, 18th in the nation. Keaton also lettered in cross country.
“Kory plays shortstop and will compete for the vacancy left behind by our graduating senior shortstop Christine Sheridan,” said Earleywine. “Her strength is hitting. She is a left-handed hitter who reminds the coaching staff of Amy Hosier. She isn’t very big, but has gap power and can hit the occasional home run.”
The Yellow Jackets will open the 2006 season against nationally-ranked Missouri in a three-game seriens, Feb. 10-11, at Glenn Field.