Softball Gains Four Commitments for 2019 Season

L-R: Kailey Burrell, Lauren Kierpa, Caitlin Smith, Cassee Wood
L-R: Kailey Burrell, Lauren Kierpa, Caitlin Smith, Cassee Wood

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant softball program has announced the addition of four commitments to the 2019 recruiting class for head coach Christine Engbers. Kailey Burrell, Lauren Kierpa, Caitlin Smith, and Cassee Wood have all committed to attend Covenant and will play for the Lady Scots starting in the fall of 2018.

Kailey Burrell - Dade County High School - Trenton, Ga.

Burrell, a native of Trenton, Ga., attended and played outfield for Dade County High School. In addition to her ability on the softball diamond, Burrell was a standout soccer player and plans on playing both sports at Covenant.

She plans on majoring in mathematics with a minor in education. Burrell hopes to use her education to become a high school math teacher. "I really liked the smaller, close-knit community within Covenant and the fact that the school is Christ-centered," said Burrell about her decision to attend Covenant.

Lauren Kierpa - Fellowship Christian School - Milton, Ga.

Kierpa, a pitcher and outfielder from Milton, Ga., is a four-year letterwinner at Fellowship Christian School. A second team all-region honoree all four years, Kierpa broke school records in wins (22), strikeouts (318), innings pitched (218) and hits (78). She spent the past year playing travel ball with Atlanta Premier and will add depth to the Lady Scots' pitching staff.

"I chose Covenant because of the small school feel it has to it as well as the challenging academics and Christian environment," said Kierpa. She comes to Covenant as an honor roll student in each of her four years and is currently undecided about her intended major.

Caitlin Smith - Bremen High School - Bremen, Ga.

Smith, a native of Bremen, Ga., attended and played at Bremen High School where she was an All-Region 3AAA second team member. She also spent the last year playing travel ball for the East Cobb Bullets. As a corner infielder and second baseman, Smith will add depth to the Lady Scots' infield.

Smith has been on the Principal's Roll for the past four years. Planning to major in biology, Smith aspires to one day be an OB/GYN and is currently volunteering for the Health Occupations of America. On choosing Covenant, Smith said "I wanted to strengthen my relationship with God while continuing my education and softball career. I felt like God lead me to Covenant so I couldn't pass up the opportunity."

Cassee Wood - Paragon Academy (Homeschool) - Conyers, Ga.

Wood comes to Covenant from Conyers, Ga., where she was homeschooled while playing travel ball for Atlanta Premier - Walling 18U. As an outfielder, Wood earned the titles of MVP, Team Captain, Offensive and Defensive Player of the year, as well as Rookie of the Year during her career.

Wood plans to major in psychology and upon college graduation wants to join the United States Coast Guard while earning her Master's degree in psychology. "I chose Covenant because I know that this is where the Lord is calling me to further my education, softball career, to grow as a person, and bloom in my Christian faith," Wood said about her decision to attend Covenant.

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