SCOOBA – A childhood dream became a reality for East Mississippi Community College softball standout Stormy Lewis when the Quitman native signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Delta State University in a signing event held this week on EMCC’s Scooba campus.
“I choose Delta State because the coaches were consistent; they stayed with me and talked with me every week,” Lewis said. “I also really like the campus, so it wasn’t a hard choice. It is like a dream come true. Since I was a little girl, I wanted to play (softball) at a university. It seemed like the day would never come, but it finally has.”
Lewis, a former softball standout for head coach Kacie Roberson at Quitman High School, Lewis presently tops EMCC in hitting with a .427 batting average and leads head coach Kate Neely’s Lady Lions with four home runs and a .481 on-base percentage on the year. The catcher/third baseman also ranks among the team leaders with 19 runs batted in, 13 runs scored and six doubles.
“It’s a blessing to see the girls move onto the next level,” EMCC’s Neely noted. “Delta State was pretty persistent with her. They cared more about her than just softball, and I think that’s what stood out for Stormy. I think she’s a perfect fit at Delta State. We look forward to following her softball career over the next two years.”
Having played softball and soccer at Quitman in addition to serving as the school’s Panther mascot, Lewis originally signed with Jones County Junior College after high school graduation before beginning her collegiate career at Meridian Community College a season ago. This is her only season competing as an EMCC Lady Lion after transferring from MCC.
The daughter of Curtis and Cristal Lewis of Quitman, Lewis plans to major in history/political science at Delta State University with future plans to teach and coach softball. The youngest of three children, Lewis has a sister, Tabitha, and a brother, Curtis.
“Stormy is a player that we have been keeping a close eye on during her time at EMCC,” added Delta State head softball coach Casey Charles, a 2001 DSU graduate. “She is not only a quality young adult but a quality student-athlete. I feel confident that her athleticism and knowledge of the game will allow her the chance to immediately impact our program. We are very excited to welcome her to DSU and are looking forward to next year.”
The EMCC Lady Lions, reigning MACJC North Division softball champions, are 15-22 overall and 9-11 in division play on the season. Bidding for a fourth consecutive appearance in the MACJC State Softball Tournament, EMCC will conclude regular-season play this coming week with home dates against Coahoma (Tuesday), fifth-ranked Jones County (Wednesday) and Northwest Mississippi (Friday).
The Lady Statesmen of Delta State University are currently 18-25 overall on the year and 5-13 in the Gulf South Conference.