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She’s a Southern girl

It’s easy to say that rising Straughn senior Kaitlynn Wiggins is “honored” to have been chosen to play on the south team at the 2010 North-South All-Star softball tournament in Huntsville.

Wiggins will play with her South team on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Metro Kiwanis Sportsplex.

Wiggins started playing softball when she was 5 years old, and played in her first fast pitch ball game at 9.

Wiggins said she feels glad to be picked to play for the team.

“I feel honored to be chosen, and glad to be apart of the South,” she said. “I’m excited, and ready to play.”

Wiggins said she will probably play as a pitcher at the tournament.

Rightly so. In the 2010 regular season, Wiggins had a 0.81 ERA, 0.242 OBP (on base percentage), allowed 47 runs and struck out 199 batters.

When asked what she credits as the source of her success in softball, Wiggins said it has to do with “hard work” among many other things.

“It’s a lot of hard work, my passion for softball, dedicated parents and coaches,” she said. “I’d also have to say the teamwork of our softball team that I’ve been blessed to be a part of.”

Wiggins said she hopes to accomplish a lot this week at the tournament.

“I’m just going to work hard and have a good tournament, and hope to have the opportunity to play at the next level,” she said.

At the next level is where Wiggins said she hopes to be playing after next year.

“I started playing softball at a young age, and its never crossed my mind to stop,” Wiggins said of why she plays the sport. “It’s always been my dream to go as far as I can, and I do plan on playing in college.”

Wiggins is the daughter of Andy and Tammy Wiggins of Andalusia.