Former DeKalb County softball stars Holland, Hood shine at Chatt State

Former Ider Lady Hornet Savannah Hood, left, and former Fort Payne Lady Wildcat Ashlyn Holland, right, helped lead the Chattanooga State Community College Lady Tigers to a TCCAA regular season title, a NJCAA regional tournament title and a trip to Utah for the NJCAA National Championship Tournament in their freshman seasons with the team.

A pair of former DeKalb County softball stars recently wrapped up their freshman seasons while helping lead the Chattanooga State Community College Lady Tigers to a 43-win season.

Former Fort Payne Lady Wildcat Ashlyn Holland and former Ider Lady Hornet Savannah Hood were both big contributors to a Lady Tigers’ team that earned a Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) regular season title, an NJCAA Region 7 Tournament title and a trip to the NJCAA Division-I National Championship Tournament in St. George, Utah.

The Lady Tigers were given the No. 11 seed in the 16-team national tournament and went 1-2 in Utah.

Holland was known for bashing the softball to all fields at the high school level and that hasn’t changed since her move north of the state line.

The 2018 Class 6A all-state honorable mention recently wrapped up her freshman campaign with 13 home runs and 61 RBIs, which both ranked first on the team and second in the TCCAA. Her .390 batting average, .712 slugging percentage, 69 base hits and 16 doubles ranked second on the team.

Holland scored 31 times in 53 games, drew 15 walks, posted a .442 on-base percentage and struck out just 19 times all season in 177 at-bats.

¬Holland was named the TCCAA Player of the Week for the week of April 2 after batting 11-for-18 with seven runs scored, two doubles, four home runs and 16 RBIs in a 6-game stretch, which were all won by the Lady Tigers, over Gordon State College and Jackson State Community College. She also earned second-team all-conference honors at the end of the regular season.

In postseason play, Holland batted 10-for-23 with her best performance coming in a 2-home run, 6-RBI day in the Lady Tigers’ regional title game against Volunteer State.

Hood had limited opportunities at the plate with 40 at-bats all season, but made her presence felt on the base paths while coming in to run for her teammates.

The 2018 Class 2A all-state honorable mention led the Lady Tigers with 31 stolen bases and was only caught stealing twice all year. Her 31 steals ranked fourth in the TCCAA.

Hood also showed a good eye when she stepped to the plate. In 40 games, she drew a team-high 23 walks, which helped her post a .556 on-base percentage. She scored 32 runs, collected eight base hits and drove in two RBIs.

Hood stole at least one base in 22 games this season for the Lady Tigers and stole multiple bases on six occasions. 

Hood’s best single-game performance came in a 12-4 win over Jackson State on March 29 where she batted 2-for-2 with two singles, a walk, four runs scored and four stolen bases.

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