CENTENARY, Ohio — Following in some familiar foot steps.
On Tuesday at the Gallia Academy High School library, GAHS senior Mackenzie Barr signed her letter of intent to join the Ohio University-Chillicothe Campus softball team, next year.
“I’ve always dreamed of playing college softball,” said Barr. “I’ve always loved the sport and just to be able to continue my career is a dream come true. My friend Kendra Barnes — who I played with through basketball and softball — signed at (OU-C) and I’ve always looked up to her. To be able to play with her again is something that I want to do.”
Barnes is a 2015 graduate of GAHS and currently plays shortstop and catcher for the Hilltoppers.
Mackenzie was named to the All-Southeastern Ohio Athletic League first team and the All-Southeast District first team as a junior.
“She’s been the cornerstone of our team for the last couple of years,” GAHS head coach Scott Stanley said of Barr. “She’s looking to move on and play some college ball, and it’s something that we’re all excited for. I look for her to play right away, they’re looking for a first baseman and she does a great job for us here. She hits really well and we’re looking for big things from her.”
In addition to softball, Barr has also played basketball for the Blue Angels. Mackenzie currently holds a 3.6 grade point average at GAHS.
“I’m going to miss (Gallia Academy),” Barr said. “I came here from (Ohio Valley Christian) in seventh grade and they welcomed me. I’ve loved playing the sports that I played here and I’m going to miss it.”
Barr plans on majoring in Early Childhood Education and will likely be at first base on the diamond.
“We were looking for a corner infielder with a good stick and that’s pretty much her credentials,” OU-C head coach George Beck said of Barr. “The versatility to play outfield is something else that she has that gives us more chances to use her. We have other kids competing for the same spot, and the ones that work the hardest and stick it out are usually the ones that end up on the roster.”
Barr will join a Hilltoppers squad that has claimed four Ohio Regional Campus Conference Championships in the past five years.
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