HENDERSONVILLE - Beech senior softball standout Carly Sperlich signed her letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career at Trevecca Nazarene University.
The reigning Hendersonville Standard Sumner County Player of the Year will get one more opportunity to shine on the field for the Lady Bucs in 2019 as her team is anxious to try and make another run at the state tournament after falling short against Brentwood in the sub-state last spring.
Sperlich is a two-time All-Sumner County first team selection and has enjoyed many individual accolades during her time at Beech, including: first team all-district and all-tournament, first team all-county, district tournament MVP.
“I couldn’t be more proud of Carly,” Beech softball coach Brian Drake said. “She is getting into a good program and I’m more than happy to send her there to play for coach Ben Tyree. She is happy with her decision and that is all that matters.”
It wasn’t long ago that Sperlich had other plans outside of playing college softball. For the longest time, she didn’t think the diamond was for her after her playing days on Shackle Island.
“When she told me she didn’t want to play in college, I was flabbergasted,” Drake added. “I have exit interviews with each individual player at the end of the season and when she told me that I couldn’t believe it. I think after the year she just had it really opened her eyes and allowed her to want to play for another four years. That is exciting to see as her coach.”
Sperlich will join former Lady Bucs teammate Kaylor Chaffin at Trevecca.
“I’m excited for her next step but right now I couldn’t be more excited for this year,” Drake continued. “I’m excited to get another opportunity to coach her and see her play.
“This year’s team has a chance to be just as good, if not better defensively than we were last year. Hopefully we have a few girls step up in the battling lineup and then we will really be having a good year.”
Sperlich says she will major in education during her time at Trevecca.