Pickens Academy Players Enjoy All-Star Experience

By Brian Hamilton, Sports Correspondent

Pickens Academy students Austin Goodman, Lauren Duckworth, and Allison Latham had the opportunity of being selected to play in the AISA All-Star games this past week. For Goodman, it was his first appearance, playing in the junior all-star game, while Duckworth and Latham were selected as seniors for the second consecutive year.

While Goodman and Latham played in their respective all-star games, Duckworth was unable to make the trip due to her orientation at Mississippi University for Women. Duckworth will be playing softball for MUW next season.

“I am very excited. Softball has been my life for years,” Duckworth said on the opportunity to play for the Lady Owls. “It’s by far my favorite sport and I feel like I can really just be myself out there. It’s going to be fun to keep playing (in college).”

“She’s always been a hard worker and has always played hard and with energy,” Coach Goodman said. “We went down there (to MUW) last summer and I hit her a few ground balls and they offered her a scholarship. I’m just glad she’s getting a chance to do it. They’re getting a steal. They’re getting a good ball player,”

While Duckworth was unable to play in the game, she said she felt honored to be selected to the all-star game for a second consecutive year.

“I felt honored because it was also my senior year and my last time to get to wear the jersey,” Duckworth said. “Even though I didn’t get to end up going, I was proud that Allison got to go and represent PA even though I couldn’t be there.”

Goodman was 0-for-2 and struck out in the junior baseball all-star game, while Latham was also 0-for-2. striking out in her first at-bat and grounding out to the shortstop.

See complete story in the Pickens County Herald.
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