VALDOSTA -- Now Valdosta State's softball team will have both parts of the Lowndes High battery.
Pitcher Kristen Lindsey joined family and Lowndes High officials Monday morning in announcing she'll be attending Valdosta State next school year.
She'll join catcher Brooke Davis on the Valdosta State softball team. Lindsey is the sixth Vikette softball player to sign with a college -- five woth various schools plus a multi-sport student-athlete who'll run cross country at Valdosta State.
"Valdosta State is a good school and I'd rather stay at home for a couple of years to begin with," Lindsey said. "Coach said she doesn't have a rotation, that whomever gets the job done will play."
"It'll be great to go watch both of them play across town," said Lowndes High head coach Jared Dickey.
A third LHS player, redshirt freshman outfielder Kelly Summers, played this year at Valdosta State.
Lindsey stepped up in her senior season to help pitch Lowndes High to another region championship and extend the program's region-game win streak beyond 50 games.
She finished 13-5 with a 1.15 ERA. She struck out 103 batters in 115-plus innings, allowing 72 hits and 24 walks.
"It's a lot of hard work and a lot of dedication," said Lindsey. "i worked hard this year to get here."
"I couldn't have asked for her to step up and do a better job," said Dickey. "With us losing Krystle (Robinson) to injury, she had to come right in and be our ace.
"She was a totally different pitcher than from the start of the year."