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Southside's Thomas signs with Troy


Southside's Savannah Thomas signs a scholarship to play softball for Troy University. (Photo by Special to The Times)


As high school softball season begins today, one Southside senior already has decided where she will continue her playing career.

Savannah Thomas signed a National Letter of Intent in November to play for the Troy Trojans. A starting shortstop for the Panthers since ninth grade, Thomas will move to the outfield — where she is projected to play at Troy — for her senior season.

“Each year, the program identifies specific needs and our entire staff works diligently to put together a talented group of student athletes that will meet our needs,” Troy coach Melanie Davis said of this year’s early signees, including Thomas. “Without a doubt this class is extremely strong both athletically and academically. This group truly possesses the intangibles we look for when adding individuals to our Troy softball family. I am extremely excited about the qualities that each of these young ladies brings to our program. Although I feel our program is in a very good place, there is no doubt the class of 2013 will help take us to the next level regionally and nationally.”

Thomas letters in both basketball and softball for Southside. She’s been a member of All-Etowah County and All-Area teams and is a recipient of the Harold Maddox Sportsmanship Award.

She was named the varsity softball team’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2012 and won the Scholar Athlete award in both softball and basketball.

Thomas also played for the Birmingham Thunderbolts, helping lead the team to ASA state championships and the Triple Crown World Series title.

Troy went 31-24 overall last season and 10-14 in the Sun Belt Conference.