June 10, 2010

Lister in the Right Place at the Right Time for MU Role

The old adage, being in the right place at the right time, certainly has proven true to recent Scotland County athlete graduate, Kelly Lister. Kelly, who thought she had put her batting, pitching and catching gear away for good, will be packing it along when she heads to Mizzou in the fall.

This past February, Kelly was invited to go to a pitching practice with incoming Scotland County freshman, Bethany Rader at the University of Missouri to act as her catcher. Bethanys instructor, Doug Gillis of the Doug Gillis Softball Academy and pitching coach of the #9 nationally ranked Mizzou softball program, noticed Kellys catching skills and made mention that she should contact Coach Ehren Earlywine of her desire to help with the softball program at the University of Missouri. As a former softball camp participant at Mizzou, Kelly made an attempt to reach the Tigers head coach. Within a matter of days, a tryout was scheduled.

The Lister family attended an early spring game in Columbia. After watching one of their winning games on the way to a successful 51-13 season, including a trip to the College World Series, Kelly was put to the test. At the end of her tryout, in which her pitching and catching abilities were showcased, she was offered a position with the 2010-2011 University of Missouri softball program.

Lister will be responsible for attending and setting up all practice sessions with the Lady Tigers. She will pitch live batting practice on a daily basis and be the bullpen catcher for standout pitchers, Chelsea Thomas and Kristin Nottleman. She will be one of two managers that will travel exclusively with the Lady Tigers to all games and tournaments.

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