Caitlin Terrell was unsure whether or not she wanted to play college softball.
The recent Scottsboro High School graduate had not found a school where she felt comfortable at during tryouts and visits.
The future speech pathologist appeared headed to the University of Alabama as a student only. But a request from a college coach asker her to attend a tryout has changed those plans.
Terrell was offered a scholarship at the end of the tryout at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College in Andalusia last Monday. After a tour of the campus and meeting some players, Terrell accepted the offer.
“Coach Tiffany Taylor, we got to talking after the tryout and she offered me,” Terrell said. “She took me around campus and I met some players. I just felt at home there. Definitely different than other places I went to. I’ve been indecisive about whether I wanted to play college softball. I decided I wanted softball in my life for another two years.”
Terrell began her varsity softball career at Scottsboro as a seventh-grader and is second on the school’s all-time games played list (242), 13 behind her older sister, Alora. They were teammates for three seasons, something Caitlin Terrell said was one of the highlights of her career.
Terrell helped Scottsboro make multiple regional tournament appearances, win area championships and advance to the 2017 Class 5A State Finals.
This past season, Terrell batted .387 with a .449 on-base percentage. She collected 48 hits and had 12 doubles, four home runs, 37 RBIs, 23 runs scored and 12 walks. She pitched in 10 games, going 1-2 with a 2.83 ERA.
For her career, she batted .297 with 201 career hits, 41 career doubles, 27 career home runs and 178 career RBIs. Terrell finished second in career home runs for Scottsboro, tied for second in RBIs, tied for fourth in doubles and ninth in hits.
For her career, she was 22-15 with three saves in the pitching circle.
Scottsboro benefited mightily from Terrell’s versatility. She played every position except catcher during her career and played five different positions in a single game this past season.
Terrell pitched and played first and third base during the tryout at LBWCC. She said Taylor did not recruit her to play one specific position.
“I told her I can play anywhere but catcher,” Terrell said, “and she said she’d have me somewhere on the field.”