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Laughren signs with Lady Bucs

A collegiate decision will have Tiffany Laughren seeing blue and gold in the 2015-2016 softball season.
Laughren – a senior for the Unicoi County High School softball team – made things official on Wednesday, Nov. 19, by signing her letter of intent to continue her softball career with the East Tennessee State University Lady Buccaneers.
With her senior season awaiting Laughren, ending the collegiate process early is helpful, UCHS head coach Grady Lingerfelt said.
“I think it is better to get it out of the way before the season starts and she was able to do that,” he added. “I think it helps a player relax. She’s just a hard-worker with a great attitude.”
Lingerfelt had nothing but praise for his senior softball player.
“She’s a great player for us,” he said. “She came in working hard. She has never let up since her freshman year and always gives it everything she has. You don’t get players like her often.”
Her hard work has allowed Laughren to become one of the most prolific softball players to come through the state of Tennessee. With 38 home runs currently under her belt through three seasons, Laughren set the single season state home run record during her sophomore season with 23. During that stretch, Laughren also set a TSSAA record by knocking in three home runs during the Lady Devils state tournament berth in 2013.
Run production just comes natural for the senior, who currently has 180 RBIs during her high school career.
“I’m looking forward to it,” Tiffany said of signing with the Lady Bucs. “It is a great school and it is close to home so I can watch my brother (Justin) play when he gets older. College with be tough and will be a challenge but I’m looking forward to it.”
Laughren, who is projected to play both shortstop, as well as pitch for the Lady Bucs, joins a group of Lady Devils to come through head coach Brad Irwin’s program in Johnson City. Former UCHS standouts Whitley Hensley and Mikayla Treadway were among recent UCHS graduates to come through the program.
“It’s a tradition I feel I should uphold,” Laughren added about following in their footsteps as the next Lady Devil to move on to the program.
ETSU enters this season in the Southern Conference after their transition into a new league coming from the A-Sun last year.
Laughren enters this upcoming season with a .590 batting average and an .850 on-base percentage.
While a NCAA Division I career awaits, Laughren and her Lady Devils have unfinished business waiting for 2015.
“I want us to get to state this year,” she said, “and I want us to win it.”