Throughout the past two years, Caroline Capps has worked hard during the offseason and with her travel ball team to make herself into the type of pitcher that could earn a college scholarship.
On Wednesday, the three-year starter at Macon East Academy was rewarded with a scholarship offer to play at Wallace State Community College in Dothan.
“I’m excited for her to have that chance to play at the next level,” Macon East coach Glynn Lott said. “She worked really hard in the offseason, especially last year and this year, to get herself in better shape. She saw the benefits of that last year and I think she’ll continue to see that as she goes along.”
Capps transferred into the program after her eighth grade year at Alabama Christian Academy and immediately moved into a role as the starting first baseman and as a spot pitcher. She saw more time as a sophomore and last season developed into a key pitcher who split time with Taylor McKinney in all the Knights’ biggest games. She was instrumental in the state championship game against Pickens Academy in relief of McKinney as a sophomore and has been on three consecutive teams that reached the AISA state softball finals.
“She’s pitched along with the all the other ones who have gone on to play in college,” Lott said. “She’ll do fine. She has 432 strikeouts and only 82 walks, so she’s going to throw strikes and get you out. She gets a lot of ground balls.”
Over her last three years, Capps has proven her ability both in the circle, where she has a 1.22 earned run average, and at the plate, where she has a career .376 batting average.