By Richard Rourk
Unicoi County High School’S Lady Devils softball program is sending another player to play at the collegiate level. Senior Betsabe Chavez has agreed to sign a letter of intent to play with Walters State Community College in Morristown.
If the name sounds familiar it’s because the Chavez family has cemented a legacy at UCHS. Betsabe, who has made a lasting impact at UCHS, will join her sister, Samanta, when she joins the Walters State softball program.
Betsabe Chavez was joined by her parents, Jose and Rocio, as well as former UCHS softball standout and sister, Tanya, and brothers, Manuel and UCHS baseball standout Chris, on Thursday, Jan. 13, when she officially signed her paperwork. Family and friends were glad to help celebrate her commitment.
Betsabe is slated to play shortstop for the Lady Senators.
“I wanted to play with my sister, who signed with Walters State last year,” Betsabe Chavez said. “I didn’t want to play too far from home, so it’s a good fit. I am ready to go there and play shortstop for them.”
Betsabe Chavez is excited about the future but waxed somewhat nostalgic after her signing.
“I’ll miss the coaches, the teachers, the classes and all my friends and teammates here,” she said.
UCHS Lady Devils head coach Grady Lingerfelt is happy to see Betsabe and Samanta reunite.
“Betsabe is awesome,” Lingerfelt said. “She is the easiest coached player I’ve been around. She gives it 100 percent all the time. She has started at shortstop since she was a freshman here.
“I hate to see her go,” Lingerfelt added, “But I’m so happy for her to play at the next level.”
Chavez has some advice for anyone looking to improve their game.
“If you practice like you play you will do just fine,” she said.