Three Lady T-Birds selected for All-Star game

Friday, June 15, 2012
Three members of the Eastern Greene Lady Thunderbirds -- Casie Divine, Scottie Ingram and Priscilla Laird -- have been selected to play in the 2012 Indiana Elite North vs. South Softball All-Star Challenge at Decatur Central High School on June 16. Above, Divine waits for a throw at first base during a regular-season game against Linton-Stockton. (Rick Curl/Greene County Daily World).

LITTLE CINCINNATI -- Three members the Eastern Greene Lady Thunderbirds have chosen to participate in the 2012 Indiana Elite North vs. South All-Star Softball Challenge.

The game will take place at Decatur Central High School in Indianapolis, at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Selected to participate were juniors Scottie Ingram, Priscilla Laird and Casie Divine.

"It will be a great experience for all three of them," Eastern Greene head coach Gina Ingram said. "Anytime kids get recognition for their hard work, that's outstanding in my opinion."

Ingram says their selection is a tribute to not only their efforts, but to the efforts of every athlete in Greene County.

"Greene County is full of outstanding young men and women that work hard and need recognition," she said. "Therefore, when I received the information that they had been selected, I felt this was a great honor for them.

"I hope they really take time to appreciate the day and the experience."

Divine anchored first base for the Lady Thunderbirds in 2012. She finished the campaign hitting .258 with an on-base percentage of .359.

"Casie goes all out to make the play," the coach said. However, the great thing about Casie is her ability to be so versatile.

"She's a fantastic left fielder, but we have to have her at first. She makes our infield look stronger with her ability to stretch plus she is a left and she's tall."

The coach credits her as being a leader.

"Casie knows the game of softball and is an asset to our team," the coach said. "She is a leader on the infield for us."

Divine was credited with just four errors -- just two in conference play.

Laird is a transfer student who made an impact on the team as a hustling, solid contributor according to her coach.

"She worked really hard to fit in with our team, program and out school this year," Ingram said. "She is a great fit, a kid that will do what you need for her to do."

Offensively Laird closed out the 2012 season batting at a .309 clip with an on base percentage of .338.

Ingram credits Laird for being able to adapt to the situation at hand.

"She works to lead by example," Ingram said. "Priscilla isn't a quick runner, but is smart on the base paths and does her job for us at the plate.

"She became a quick asset for us on the team and she has a good glove."

Rounding out the entry from Greene County is the coach's daughter.

While used primarily as a shortstop, the younger Ingram was also used in center field.

At the plate she hit at a very impressive .515 clip and carried a .600 on base percentage while hitting a team-high 12 doubles and three triples to go along with her two home runs.

Defensively she committed only two errors, just one coming in conference play.

"Scottie is a vocal leader on our team," her coach and mother said. "She's also a player that leads by example."

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  • Also selected and playing from White River Valley are Marisa Miller, Megan Lemmons, and Paige Hoffeditz.

    -- Posted by townoflyons on Fri, Jun 15, 2012, at 12:40 PM
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