PERKINSTON -- Mississippi Gulf Coast pitcher Kaitlin Lee signed a softball scholarship with Ole Miss on Tuesday at the school.
Lee went 19-4 with a 1.85 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 151 innings last year, helping lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 46-13 season that included MACJC and Region 23 championships. She also batted .369.
"She's a special player. She's got the tools to be a good pitcher but pushes herself to be a great pitcher," Gulf Coast softball coach Kenneth Long said. "I think the pitching coach there is going to be good for her. Coach Christie Meeks has helped her a lot at this level, but I think the pitching coach there will take her to a different level."
Lee came back from scary facial fractures suffered while batting in a game at Jones on March 30. She returned less than a month later and went 9-1 down the stretch.
Prior to playing at Gulf Coast, Lee starred at Harrison Central. As a senior, she was lights out in the pitcher's circle, posting an 11-3 record with a 0.75 ERA. In 103.1 innings, Lee struck out 78 against 19 walks while leading the Red Rebelettes to a 29-6 record and a Class 6A state championship.