RUTLEDGE — Even before Emily Agee arrived at Grainger High School, her reputation preceded her.
“There was a lot of murmuring when she came in as a freshman as to how good she could be and she was better than advertised,” Lady Grizzlies softball coach Rusty Bishop said of Agee. During her career at Grainger, she has met, and then smashed, every school record with her stellar play. Next year, college teams will see just how dominating she can be.
Agee signed this week to play softball at Walters State after she completes her senior season at Grainger in the spring of 2020.
Bishop said his All-Star senior is leaving a mark that will be hard for others to replicate.
“Emily is part of a very strong senior class that has experienced a lot of success so by the time she leaves here, she will own every career pitching record and just about every hitting record and will probably own those records for a single season as well. Statistically speaking, Emily has been the greatest Grainger softball player-and I would have to say Rutledge too- that has ever been here.”
Through her first three seasons in Rutledge, Agee has compiled a 71-24 record, pitched 556 innings, struck out 783 opposing batters and has amassed a career 2.20 ERA. She has not only been a force to be reckoned with as a pitcher, but as a hitter as well as she owns a .478 career batting average with 50 doubles, 34 homers, and 150 RBIs. The most amazing stat may be the fact she has only struck out 18 times in three years while drawing 40 walks for Grainger.
“When Emily is in the circle, you always feel like you have a chance to win. She of course has some great teammates behind her but with her bat and her pitching, she has a chance to beat you 1-0 sometimes,” Bishop said. The Grainger coach said Agee’s work ethic is one of the things that makes her a special player. “Emily has put her time in and has played softball probably since the time she was five or six years old. She takes pitching and hitting lessons and has reaped the benefits of all her hard work.”
While opposing batters stood little chance when she is pitching, opposing pitchers have had to contend with the fact Agee can put the ball in play anywhere on the field and can hit the ball over the fence as well. Last year as a junior, she hit 17 home runs to top the 12 she had during her sophomore campaign. “She has batted anywhere from first to third in the order but she led off last year for us because teams couldn’t pitch around her,” Bishop said. “Emily has typically got a little better with each passing season. Statistically, she has gotten better every year so I would expect not much of a drop off from the junior to senior class. Prior to this senior class, we had never had a kid hit double-figure homers and Agee has done it twice now. She is pretty special at the plate.”
Agee’s work ethic and impressive numbers drew the attention of several college coaches but in the end, she chose to sign with the Lady Senators. Walters State’s softball program has enjoyed success for years as they were 35-19 last season and head coach Larry Sauceman sees a lot of potential in Agee at the collegiate level. “She showed me some toughness and that’s what I like about her. Emily is really tough as a pitcher and hitter and that is something we look for. We are tickled that she is coming here and I think she will do very well at Walters State. Emily has all the ingredients to a be a great player and I think she will win a lot of games here.”