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Natalie Glass signs with LaGrange Panthers
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Coaches and the family of Natalie Glass pose before Glass signed on Monday to play softball at LaGrange College. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

On Monday the 10th player from the 2014-15 Dawson County High School softball team signed to play softball at the collegiate level.

Senior player Natalie Glass signed on Mar. 6 to play for the LaGrange College Panthers.

Coach Jimmy Pruett proudly announced to the friends and family of Glass that the four-year starter for him would continue the tradition of that team.

"I was afraid she wasn't even going to play," Pruett said to laughter in the media center at DCHS. "I am not talking about because of lack of talent or anything. She didn't know if she wanted to play college softball or not."

Pruett clarified and explained that she is a rare talent.

"She can play anywhere on the field. She has played outfield. She has played short stop, second base, pitch," he said.

"Back in the summertime, we were having a scrimmage. She asked me if she could catch. I said, ‘no, we can't afford you to get hurt.' I go out on the field and look and who is all suited up with the catching gear on? Doing a good job too," he said.

"She literally can play anywhere on the field and I feel like that is going to help her get on the field early in her college career-very versatile player," Pruett said.

Glass has played since she was four years old and this was the only sport she wanted to play.

Glass said she chose LaGrange because of its small size and the coaches.

"The softball team is awesome and the coaches are so nice, really Christian-based, like faith," Glass said.

Glass' mom Lori Woodward emphasized that this was a way to get Natalie through school.

"It's very important because this was what she always started softball for was to go to college. Not only that but it helped academically to get a scholarship," Woodward said.

Glass' father, Alex Glass, reiterated the sentiment, particularly as LaGrange is a division 3 school and does not offer full athletic scholarships.

"That's always what I have tried to say to her, we are doing this for education ...we are using this as a tool to get the education," he said.

Glass plans to study psychology or business and eventually go to law school.