A pair of Enterprise State softball players signed scholarship offers from Union College in Kentucky on Wednesday, April 24, that will see the two teammates continue to play together at the four-year level.
ESCC sophomore shortstop Jamie Lamb and sophomore right fielder Chambleigh Webster signed their scholarship offers together, which is fitting as the two teammates also played high school softball together at Walton High School in Defuniak Springs, Fla.
At Walton, Lamb was Florida’s Small School Softball Hitter of the Year in 2017, while Webster was a basketball and softball star at the school.
ESCC softball coach Traci Harrison said that losing Lamb would not be easy for the Lady Boll Weevils.
“We got very, very lucky with (signing) Jamie,” Harrison said. “There will never be another shortstop like Jamie Lamb – athletically – that will come through this program again.
“Jamie has been here for two years and has been a starter since the minute she walked on campus. She’s going to be very tough to lose. Her athletic ability is just the best we’ve ever had here.”
Lamb chose Union over a number of other schools, including Division I school North Alabama, because she felt like it was simply the best fit for her.
“I picked Union because it was a great atmosphere and the coaches were really great,” Lamb said. “I really liked them and I felt like it would be a good program for me.”
Lamb hit one homerun and 23 RBIs while also scoring 19 runs with a .288 batting average in 2019.
Where Lamb really shined, however, was on defense as she had 125 putouts in 143 opportunities in 2019 with a .937 fielding percentage. She also had six double plays during the season, which was good enough for 10th in the conference.
Webster’s path to Union College is much different than that of her longtime teammate as Webster initially signed a basketball scholarship out of high school and played for ESCC’s basketball team in 2018.
Webster averaged six points per game and ranked in the Top 15 in the conference in three-point shooting as a freshman, but softball was her true love.
Webster left the basketball program to become team manager for the softball team in hopes of potentially earning a way onto the team if a scholarship opened up.
“We were short on scholarships and I told her that she could be a manager and help us out and still be part of the team,” Harrison said. “We ended up having a player leave the team and I offered her a tryout and she really impressed us.”
Webster started out as a catcher before moving into the outfield this season and becoming a starter for the Lady Boll Weevils.
“Chambleigh really shocked us after becoming a key role player for us this season,” Harrison said. “She’s done everything we’ve asked and has been a terrific player here.”
Webster’s hard work and patience paid off as the sophomore started 32 games in 2019 before a broken bone in her hand ended her season prematurely.
Webster boasted a .930 fielding percentage and had 39 putouts with just three errors on the season.
Harrison said putting players like Lamb and Webster in four-year schools is what ESCC is all about.
“We’re super proud and excited for these girls,” Harrison said. “We’re getting our players to the next level and that’s exactly what this program is all about.”