Mountain softball stars make their college choices

Pickens commits to Vols (WLOS STAFF).PNG
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Two mountain softball stars have made early decisions on college. North Buncombe's rising junior pitcher Karlyn Pickens and Smoky Mountain rising junior Kennedy Stewman made verbal commitments Thursday.

Pickens, who is considered one of the top young pitchers in the country, says she is going to be a Lady Vol. She chose Tennessee from over 8 division one offers and numerous inquiries. She had a 1.07 E.R.A. with 82 strikeouts. She can also hit batting .492 with 7 home runs.

The star pitcher said she was leaning to Tennessee because she grew up a big Vols fan and hadn't planned on committing early but said "Tennessee just felt right and I couldn't say no."

Stewman is headed close to home--going to Western Carolina. She hit .368 with 3 homers and 25 rbi for her summer team.

The junior infielder says it has been a dream of hers to play at Western since she started going to camps there when she was only 9 years old and "loved every minute that I've ever been there. I love the atmosphere and the coaches are amazing."