“I went on the visit and I fell in love with it, I didn’t think I would ever fall in love with a place they way I did with Knoxville, but I fell in love with King.”
By COLLIN BROOKS
Daniel Boone’s Abbey Harrison may have not made up her mind until late in the game, but the Lady Blazers lead-off hitter seemed to find the perfect fit with King University.
However, the savvy shortstop didn’t think she would play softball at the next level, as she wanted to pursue her career after the diamond.
She had her sights set on the nursing program at the University of Tennessee, feeling that she wouldn’t have time for softball.
“I’d really decided on just giving up softball, going with my major and just getting my career going,” Harrison said.
But then she had a friends mom reach out to her and tell her that King University was looking for a middle infielder. And as soon as she went for the visit, her future was sealed.
“I went on the visit and I fell in love with it, I didn’t think I would ever fall in love with a place they way I did with Knoxville, but I fell in love with King,” Harrison said.
It also helped to know that King has a high-level nursing program.
“I just figured at that point that it was kind of a God thing, it came around at the right time,” Harrison said. “And now, thinking about it, I realize how glad I am to be playing softball in college. I am glad I made this decision.”
And it seems like King is going to be the perfect fit on the field for Harrison.
“In their words, they are looking for a hard-nosed second baseman and I told Coach (Jake) Cockerham on the phone that is what I consider myself to be,” Harrison said. “So hopefully I can get up there and get some good playing time.”
Daniel Boone coach Jeremy Jenkins said he doesn’t think that will be a problem.
“The great thing with her is that she is our lead-off hitter and she sets the tone and that fits her to the T in everything that she done,” Jenkins said. “She is a very intellectual young lady that has really furthered her education. We are really tickled to death with her and very proud.”
Harrison is batting .402 in the season, with five lead-off home runs , 12 RBIs and 33 hits on the year. However, she has also excelled in the classroom, as her grades were good enough to place her in the top ten percent of students in Washington County and sixth in her class at Daniel Boone.