Former Goshen standout signs with Lindsey Wilson

Published 10:26 pm Thursday, January 9, 2014

Shelby Vinson was happy and content playing softball at Faulkner State Community College in Bay Minette.

But then her telephone rang, and everything changed.

Vinson was offered a chance to advance her career at the four-year level with NAIA school Lindsey Wilson College, and immediately said yes.

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Vinson, a 2013 graduate of Goshen High School, is excited for the next chapter of her life.

“Coach David Dews (Lindsey Wilson head coach) knew me from high school, and offered me something that a lot of girls never get the chance to do,” Vinson said. “I enjoyed my time here at Faulkner State. The coaches are wonderful and I love all the girls so much, but I feel that God is leading me to Kentucky. “

Vinson was one of the state’s top players during her time at Goshen. The Lady Eagle first baseman dominated opposing pitching during her senior campaign.

She belted 14 homers, knocked in 54 RBIs and batted over .500 en route to being named The Messenger’s All-Area Player of the Year.

Vinson feels she is ready to take on the new competition.

“I think it will be kind of like going from 1A or 2A to 4A or 5A,” Vinson said. “When we were in high school, Coach (Dee) Hughes always made us play the schools from high classifications to get used to the competition. I am ready for it. I love to compete, and I really hate to lose.”

Lindsey Wilson is located in Kentucky, and Vinson said she is ready for the temperature change.

“I love the cold weather,” Vinson said with a laugh. “I would much rather be a little cold than a little hot. It will be different from Troy, but I think I am ready for a new chapter in my life.”

Vinson will join the Lindsey Wilson Blue Raiders, located in Columbia, Ky, for the 2015 season.