WENDELL — Corinth Holders High School junior Kelsie Hocutt has been named a All-America Scholar-Athlete by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Hocutt is a junior infielder and pitcher for the Pirates.
"It's an honor," Hocutt said of receiving the award. "It shows how hard I work on and off of the field, keeping up with sports and classes."
The junior daughter of Phil Hocutt and Pam Turner also plays with the Spirits Fastpitch squad and says math is her favorite school subject. "It just comes so naturally to me," she said.
Hocutt, who hit home runs in back-to-back at bats for Corinth Holders in a win over Louisburg last season, is spending the off-season months working on her speed and footwork, looking for more range on defense and speed out of the batter's box at the plate.
"Kelsie's hard work and determination sets her apart," said Corinth Holders coach Jessica Potter. "She's very persistent, whether its fixing something on the softball field or something in the classroom."