by Gregg Meadows
Tri-Valley High School senior softball standout Savannah Shumway has one big hurdle out of her way as she heads into her final season of Lady Dawg softball, as the All-MVL and All-District all-star centerfielder has signed a national letter of intent to further her academic and athletic career at the collegiate level.
In front of a good-sized gathering of family, friends, teammates and coaches Tuesday afternoon at the high school, Shumway signed her letter of intent to go to Kentucky Christian University, where she’ll compete for the NAIA Lady Knights softball team, who competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association, D-II. The Lady Knights will also be competing – for the first time – in the Appalachian Athletic Conference, starting with their current 2019 season.
“Savannah Shumway is a tremendous student-athlete and all-around wonderful young lady; I know she will make her Tri-Valley softball family and school proud when she moves on to become a Lady Knight,” says Lady Dawg softball head coach Laura Seward.
“Savannah is a three-year softball letter winner for the Lady Dawg softball team; she’s has been our starting center fielder for the past three years,” continues Coach Seward. “Her skills on and off the field are impeccable. She is a well-rounded player with the ability to play multiple positions. Her areas of strength are her swing, and her arm. She has been an explosive and exciting batter to watch since she was a freshman. In the field, her throw is always on point; runners around the area have learned not to challenge her,” concludes Coach Seward.
In 2018, the Lady Dawgs captured their second straight Muskingum Valley League softball title, with Shumway playing a big part in the championship season, leading the Lady Dawgs in hitting last season with eight home runs and 36 RBI’s, with a sterling .474 batting average. She had 37 hits last season, and scored 21 runs for the MVL champs as well. “Her improvement each year has been remarkable,” says Coach Seward.
Shumway also excels in the classroom at Tri-Valley, evidenced by her 3.7 grade-point-average, and earning Muskingum Valley League and Eastern District Scholar Athlete honors as well the past three years.
On hand as well at Tuesday’s signing were a trio of Kentucky Christian University softball coaches, to include head coach Dave Miller, and assistants Russ Cassidy and Steve Vanover.
“We are excited to have a player of Savannah’s caliber be a part of our program, and look forward to her contributions to the Lady Knights softball team in the following next few years,” said head coach Dave Miller.
Kentucky Christian University is located in Grayson, Kentucky, just 15 miles from Ashland Kentucky, and the Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky tri-state area.
“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity ahead of me and look forward to playing softball at the next level,” says Shumway, who is quick to point out however, that “I’m equally excited and looking forward to helping my team win our third straight Muskingum Valley League title my senior season as well!”
Savannah is the daughter of Marci and Timothy Shumway.
Congratulations to Tri-Valley Lady Dawg softballer Savannah Shumway, and good luck – next season – at Kentucky Christian University!
Pictured below is Tri-Valley Lady Dawg softball senior standout Savannah Shumway (seated, center), surrounded by family, friends, and teammates Tuesday afternoon, March 5, at TVHS, when she signed her national letter of intent to play softball at the next level, collegiately at Kentucky Christian University. Gregg Meadows photo