December 10, 2013

Davenport Inks Pair Of Georgia Standouts To 2014 Softball Early Signing Class

DAHLONEGA, Georgia – ( - University of North Georgia head softball coach Mike Davenport has announced the signing of two future student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent in the NCAA's early recruiting period.  The two players, both from the state of Georgia include, Morgan Beshears from Alcovy High School and Whitewater High School's Kimberly Perkins.

"We are very excited about the addition of these two players into our program," Davenport said.  "Each one of these young ladies will be a tremendous asset to the UNG Softball program as well as an asset to our University as student-athletes.  We look forward to the opportunity to coach the Class of 2014 and are very excited about the impact they will have on our program in the future."

Beshears is a catcher and third-baseman and prepped under the guidance of Russell Brock where she has been a letter winner all four years.   After receiving the Coaches Award her freshman campaign, she has earned the Tiger Award during her final three high school seasons.  She was named the 2013 Most Valuable Player during her senior season.  Morgan has also been a Georgia Dugout Club – Elite 80 selection during the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons. 

Academically, she has competed in the Deca state competition from 2011-12 and has also been a member of the National Honors Society, 2012-2013.   She plays her travel ball for coach Brian Beauchamp and the Georgia Prowlers.

Perkins finishes her high school career as the 2013 Fayette County Batter of the Year displaying a .506 average including 12 doubles, 6 homeruns, and 52 RBI.  Playing for Coach Robert Townsend at Whitewater, the incoming 1B/OF collected the 2013 Golden Glove Award, Offensive Award, and team MVP.   She has been voted the Most Athletic at WHS-Class of 2014.  Kimberly has also garnered GHSA recognition being selected to the All Region team each of her four years, named GACA 2nd Team All-State, and to the GADC All-State game 2013.  

Academically, she received the Highest Academic Award for the softball team, has been an Academic Scholar from 2011-2013 and is a member of the Beta Club and National Honors Society.  She plays her travel ball with the Georgia Power Demarini Gold and Coach Ernie Yarbrough.

The 2013 version of the Nighthawks kick off the season on February 1-2 when the team takes part in the Peach Belt Conference/Sunshine State Conference Classic in Columbus, Ga.