TISHOMINGO — When it comes to softball at the junior college level, every year is a rebuilding year. Things are no different for Murray State College.

Pulling from a wide pool of talent across the state, coach Brent Shaw signed Turner's Taylor Foster, along with Bryanne Knox of Dickson on Monday on Murray State's campus in Tishomingo.

"This means so much to me," Foster said afterwards. "I never thought anything like this would happen to me."

Foster, an outfielder for Turner, will be in the same position at Murray, where she will join 14 fellow signees as part of a deep freshman class for the Aggies.

"It's weird, because I know it will be different from high school," Foster said. "But I'm ready for the challenge."

Knox, an All-State player for Dickson, is also expected to play the outfield for Shaw, who is excited about his new signees.
Foster and Knox were each All-Ardmoreite Super Team selections in 2012.

"(Foster) seemed like a great competitor from the first time that I saw her," Shaw said. "I watched (Knox) play at the Durant tournament this past season and she was really causing havoc on the base paths with her speed."

Coming from competitive backgrounds at Turner and Dickson, Shaw expects the girls will be ready for the challenges that face them at the collegiate level.

"(Foster and Knox) are great for this program because they both come from good schools with a history of success in softball," Shaw said. "And being used to that competition will help them when they come here and compete for a spot at Murray State."

Kingston's Mikayla Wells and Sabrina Slatton are also members of the 2013 Murray State signing class, but were unable to attend Monday's event due to a death in Slatton's family.

Spencer White