RINGGOLD, Ga. -- The northwest Georgia softball pipeline to Ole Miss is growing. Heritage High School sophomore outfielder Olivia Tamewitz committed to the Southeastern Conference program Sunday night.
Tamewitz follows two-time Best of Preps player of the year Emily Boyd from Northwest Whitfield, now a freshman with the Lady Rebels.
"It's really a great school and I loved the campus and the coaches," said Tamewitz, who committed on an official visit to Oxford, Miss. "I took an unofficial visit last December and immediately loved it. I noticed how close everyone in the program is to each other, and that really stood out. It's exciting to know that if you work hard enough good things will happen to you."
The speedy Tamewitz, who earned BOP all-star honors as a freshman last season, leads the Region 7B-AAAA first-place Generals with a .531 average, 29 runs scored and 22 stolen bases and leads the area with eight triples.
"Her speed is the most obvious thing that stands out," Heritage coach Steve Chattin said. "She's clocked at 2.65 seconds from home to first, which is elite. Olivia's really worked on her overall hitting this year, and now she's hitting away just as much as she slaps. She covers tremendous territory in the outfield and she has a cannon for an arm."
According to Chattin, a number of universities had made offers to Tamewitz or were prepared to, including Kennesaw State, Middle Tennessee State, East Carolina, Murray State and Bowling Green.
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Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...