3 Lady Canes selected to Elite 80 Showcase
by Jason Greenberg
Jul 10, 2013 | 1413 views | 0 0 comments | 75 75 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Lady Hurricanes showed marked improvement this past season as they qualified for the state softball playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

Some of the players who helped Cartersville reach this accomplishment are looking to continue their playing careers in college.

Annalyn Yantis, Hunter Irvin and Kailah Rain are three of those players who will have a chance to get noticed by college scouts at the Georgia Dugout Club Elite 80 Showcase on July 17 at Twin Creeks Park in Woodstock.

“Its good, not only as recognition for their high school performances, but to get a chance to play in front of college coaches,” Cartersville coach Rick Holsomback said.

“I am looking forward to the exposure,” Irvin said. “It proves hard work pays off.”

The three players tried out at Gwinnett College last month. Seven tryouts took place around the state and the top 80 players were chosen to compete in the showcase.

“This is my second year in a row, so it’s definitely exciting to prove you have gotten better and to get the chance to play in front of college coaches,” Rain said.

Both Rain and Irvin participated in 2012 as well.

“We always put it out to all of our players because if you make [the Elite 80 Showcase], [the Georgia Dugout Club] creates a profile for college coaches to look at,” Holsomback said. “That’s a really good sign. We had two players make it last year and three this year, so that’s a really good sign.”

Yantis hopes to receive a Division I scholarship and has gotten interest from Samford University, Troy University and Harding University.

The rising junior compiled a 12-12 record in 2012, surrendering 75 runs, 25 of which were unearned, for a 2.43 ERA. She also recorded 151 strikeouts over 158 innings of work. Offensively, she accounted for 34 hits, including five doubles, while batting .441 to lead the Lady Canes.

Irvin scored a team-high 24 runs and tallied 31 hits for Cartersville last season and, along with Yantis, was selected to The Daily Tribune News All-County Team.

The outfielder drove in nine runs and doubled four times while batting .344. She’s considering Harding, Rhodes College and Berry College.

Rain also is an outfielder hoping to get noticed by some Division II schools at the event.

“It’s a nice accomplishment for the girls,” Holsomback said. “Hopefully, the girls get the attention of some college coaches.”