Kaylee Fuller signs with Middle Ga.
March 25, 2010 GMC Prep’s Kaylee Fuller signs with Middle Ga. Keith Jump
The Union-Recorder MILLEDGEVILLE — GMC Prep’s Kaylee Fuller was rewarded for her dedication and hard work this week. “This is something I’ve dreamed of since I was a little girl — playing college softball. Wow,” said an exuberant Kaylee Fuller after signing a scholarship to play softball for the Middle Georgia College. “I want to thank God, first of all, for being a presence in my life and for blessing me with the ability to play at such a high level,” Fuller said. On the hills of a storied career at GMC Prep, Fuller hopes to hone her craft even more under the tutelage of head coach Ken Phillips and former Lady Bulldog Amanda Hall. “Kaylee had a great workout for us and showed us so many ways in which she can help us when she gets to school. We look for her to be a vital part of our continuing success in Warrior softball,” said Phillips. While playing for the Lady Bulldogs, Fuller became one of the players opposing coaches tried to work their game plan around. While patrolling the outfield grass, she had the speed of a track star to race down balls hit toward the gap, but also the grace of a ballerina as she made the plays look effortless at times. Not only does Fuller have a cannon for an arm, but also the laser pinpoint accuracy to cut down runners either trying to take an extra base or trying to score on her and her Lady Bulldog teammates. Proving to be the five-tool player all coaches hope to have, Fuller proved her worth from the offensive side of the ledger. “The whole time she played for me I don’t think she ever hit under .380, and that was with power and finesse,” said GMC head coach Garry Couch. From the batters box Fuller could be seen lacing the ball to all fields for hits, which would lead to RBI and runs for her team. And with a knack for power, Fuller could also connect and deposit the ball over the fence for a long home run as well. This ability was also evident on her tryout with the Warriors as she hit a deep home run in Cochran while demonstrating what she could do to help her future team. “We were also able to see her run, and that was impressive, too,” said coach Phillips. As Fuller sat down to sign her paperwork, the GMC Prep star flashed that trademark smile, one that can light up any room or the heart of anyone lucky enough to know her. “I have been fortunate to have some great ball players come through here, and Kaylee is one that I knew would sign somewhere to play someday,” said Couch. In attendance to see the signing besides Phillips, Hall and Couch were a few of her teammates, coach Todd Dennard and Col. John Thornton. With his presence at each and every signing or at any event, GMC counts itself fortunate to have a man like Thornton in its inner circle as he shows his love for all his students. Also attending were Fullers’ parents, Myrna and Rohn Sanders, sister Emily, and her grandparents, Terry and Annelle Sark. Her grandparents were visible at every event, no matter if it was cheerleading or softball. Her grandmother also has that infectious smile that Fuller shows off so frequently. And with a camera in hand, Mrs. Sark has taken pictures for all those associated with Fuller to cherish for a lifetime. Dennard and Mr. Sark coached Fuller most of her life, starting when she was 6 years old. “I want my family to know how much i appreciate them, and always being there for me, making me practice even when I wasn’t sure I wanted to and for loving me the way they always have. I love all of you so very much,” said Fuller. “I also want to tell my teammates and friends that are still here and playing to always practice hard, have fun and to be a team player. Listen to coach Couch and you will be a winner — that I’m sure of,” Fuller also said. So as someone said as the room emptied after the signing, “Cochran and Middle Ga. are getting a great softball player and an even better young woman.” So, as she carries that beautiful smile, wonderful attitude and phenomenal softball talent to college, godspeed in everything you do Ms. Fuller.
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