Seymour’s Lewis signs pact with Georgia College
Lady Eagles pitcher Carly Lewis has had an incredible career in the Blue and Gold.
Voted twice to the sportswriters All-State team while compiling an exemplary 46-13 career pitching record, Lewis has helped the Lady Eagles reach unprecedented heights in the program’s history — specifically, two-straight state tournament appearances.
Thursday morning she earned her reward, signing scholarship papers with NCAA Division II Georgia College.
Lewis has been nearly unhittable in her time pitching for Seymour.
Opponents have hit just .175 against her in her three seasons for the Eagles, and her numbers have improved in that standpoint each year.
This past season opposing batters hit just .159, while striking out 205 times over 145 innings.
While Georgia College is looking at Lewis at a pitcher, her hitting may change their mind.
Lewis has also provided plenty of punch at the plate for the Lady Eagles, batting nearly .400 with 15 home runs since joining varsity in the 2010 season.
But the Bobcats are also getting more than just a softball player. Lewis is strong in the classroom — she’s currently in the top 10 percent of her class and a member of the National Honor Society — she sings in her church choir, volunteers at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and is a student leader at SHS.
Lewis has served as Future Business Leaders of America secretary and vice president at Seymour, as well as being a four-year member of Beta Club.
All of that leadership translates on the field as well, according to coach Carter.
“From day one she’s been a good leader — even as a freshman,” Carter said. “She’s been a hard worker, and she’s a vocal leader, but also leads by example, which is something you can’t coach — you have to have it, and she has it. She’s been a big part of this team going to the state the last two years — she’s been a huge part of that.”
When it came to choosing a school, Georgia College discovered Lewis when she was playing travel ball this summer for Millard and Tonya Martin of the Tennessee Illusions.
“Carly’s just a great leader on the team,” Tonya Martin said. “She was a great pitcher and hitter. I think she’s going to be a big asset to Georgia College, and I’m really excited for her.”
“She was top-notch,” Millard added. “She was 19-2 this summer for us, and she’s a great kid.”
The fit with Georgia College is perfect for Lewis, because it fits her wants academically as well as athletically.
“They have a really good department for what I want to go into (exercise science), one of the top in the nation,” Lewis said. “So I’m really looking forward to the academics.”
As far as softball goes, Lewis said it’s a perfect fit as well.
“The coaches are really nice, and they really work with their girls,” she said. “They’re really close-knit about it.”
The Bobcats were 25-24 last year, playing in NCAA Division II’s Peach Belt Conference.
Lewis said she’ll miss her teammates at Seymour, but both she and the team have one more go-around this season.
“We want to go back (to state) and place higher than the top four,” Lewis said. “We want to win it.
“(College softball) has been a goal my whole life. I’ve been really looking forward to it, but it’s going to be bittersweet. I really don’t want to go and move on yet, but at the same time, I do.”