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Former Gate City standout Keeley Quillen is hitting .451 with nine home runs for Walters State Community College.

Keeley Quillen is crushing it.

The former Gate City High School star slugger has racked up a .451 batting average with nine home runs and 25 RBIs in 33 games for the Walters State Community College softball squad.

“I’ve been very fortunate to be successful at the plate this season and I’ve had a lot of fun with it,” Quillen said. “When this season started all I wanted was to compete and do whatever I needed to do so my team could be successful.”

Quillen went 3-for-5 with two RBIs on Saturday in Walters State’s 9-8, eight-inning victory over Roane State in the second game of a doubleheader.

Keep in mind that her batting average is currently 240 points higher than what it ended up a season ago.

“For me it’s been about having something to prove,” Quillen said. “I didn’t have the freshman season that I had hoped for, so coming back I knew I was better than what I had shown and I wanted to prove that.”

Meanwhile, Taylor McConell (Sullivan Central) is hitting .266 with two homers and nine RBIs for the Senators.

Megan’s mastery

Junior pitcher Megan Gray is 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 13 games (nine starts) for the softball team at Lipscomb University.

The former Honaker High School standout struck out six and yielded three runs in a complete-game triumph over Tennessee Tech on March 27.

Porchie’s power

Rachel Porchie (Wise County Central) is hitting .357 with three home runs and 20 RBIs for the Mary Washington softball squad. She ranks sixth among all Capital Athletic Conference players in RBIs.

White hitting well

A .310 batting average with one home run and 16 RBIs is the stat line for Kelsey White (Sullivan Central) as she plays a key role for the softball team at the University of Pikeville.

Griffith gets it done

Alex Griffith went 2-for-5 with two RBIs on Sunday for Francis Marion University in a 7-4 baseball win over North Georgia.

The ex-Virginia High star is batting .294 with four home runs and 28 RBIs for the Patriots.

Francisco goes yard

East Carolina University’s Thomas Francisco (Abingdon) connected for his fourth home run of the season on Saturday in an American Athletic Conference baseball win over South Florida. The freshman is hitting .283 with 13 RBIs for the Pirates.

Bubba’s best

Union High School graduate Bubba Hubbard continues to be almost unhittable for the Walters State Community College baseball squad.

Hubbard has pitched to the tune of a 4-0 record and 1.35 ERA, while striking out 41, walking 11 and yielding just five hits in 20 innings of work.

Hungate has good outing

The final line on Friday for freshman pitcher Cade Hungate (Abingdon) in his outing for the Florida State University baseball team against Boston College: 1 1/3 innings pitched, one hit, zero runs, one walk, one strikeout.

Hungate has a 9.00 ERA in six appearances.

Willis doing well

Former Tazewell High School standout Sidney Willis has pitched to the tune of a 3.97 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Concord University baseball squad.

Hammering Harless

Will Harless (Abingdon) is batting .282 with two home runs and nine RBIs for Radford University’s baseball team. He contributed two hits on Saturday in a win over Winthrop.

Reynolds, JMU still rolling

The basketball career of James Madison University senior point guard Logan Reynolds is still rolling along.

The Wise County Central High School graduate has helped the Dukes reach the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and a showdown on Wednesday night with Northwestern is up next.

Reynolds has averaged 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals in four WNIT games.

Gold for Gudger

Carson-Newman University senior Samantha Gudger won the women’s long jump this past weekend at the Montreat Invitational track and field meet in North Carolina.

The former Tennessee High star took the gold with a top leap of 5.52 meters.

Silver for Lester

Kim Lester is still running fast.

The ex-Twin Valley High School standout finished second in the women’s 400-meter dash on March 23 at a meet in Lexington, Kentucky.

Competing for the University of Pikeville, Lester clocked in at 1:02.656.

Rose helps ALC make history

Alice Lloyd College participated in the first track and field meet in program history on March 23 in Lexington, Kentucky, and Allie Rose (Virginia High) took part in the historic event.

The freshman placed seventh in the women’s discus with a top throw of 33.97 meters.

Morton makes good

Kassidy Morton (Tennessee High) had a successful weekend for the Wofford College women’s track and field team at the Terrier Relays in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Morton placed third in the women’s 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.12 and was a member of the 800-meter relay team, which recorded a first-place finish with a time of 1:39.12.

Doss puts in work

Eastern Mennonite University senior Toni Doss was busy this weekend at the Doc Jopson Invitational track and field meet in Bridgewater, Virginia.

The Holston High School graduate placed fourth in the women’s hammer throw (31.11 meters), fifth in the shot put (10.21 meters) and sixth in the discus (26.41 meters).

Runner-up for Meade

Furman University junior Luke Meade (Sullivan East) ran his way to a runner-up finish on Saturday in the men’s 1,500-meter run at the Terrier Relays in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

Meade crossed the finish line in 3:54.02.

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