July 24, 2013 —
She fell in love with the game and kept at it for great results. Pitching for East last year, Fouts was 10-3 with a 1.41 earned run average while striking out 106 batters for the 24-12 Lady Raiders.
And what is most surprising?
She has five more years in the 16th Region to get better.
“I’ve been working on my riseball,” Fouts said. “I know every pitch but the riseball is working better every day. I just try to make sure I’m doing the same thing every time.
Her pitching coach, Mike Rankin, of South Charleston, Wva., has worked with several players to help their development. His daughter got full scholarship to play college softball as a pitcher. Rankin said Fouts has the drive to get much better than she already is.
“She works so hard,” Rankin said. “She has a great attitude and has great potential. If she keeps working at it she can definitely pitch in college.”
“She’s going to be something special,” Calhoun said. “We will increase her workload as she goes through the program. We’ve got two outstanding pitchers and in a tough situation, we can put her in anytime to help us get a win. It seems like everyday out on that field, she gets better.”
East Carter won the 62nd District for the first time since the 2008 season. Fouts crossed that off her “to-do list” during her short time in Grayson but says there is one goal she wants to reach before leaving high school.
“I want to play for a state title,” Fouts said. “We just need to work harder as a team and I think we can get there.”
For now, Fouts will continue to travel throughout the region and play the game she loves. Her next trip will be with the Thunder Elite. The team will play in the ASA USA Gold Tournament in Chattanooga, Tn., which is one of the biggest tournaments in the country for traveling softball teams.
Mackenzie Bates can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.