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HUNTINGDON (November 13) — Wednesday was National Signing Day, the first day that student-athletes may sign letters of intent with colleges and universities. Two Huntingdon High School …
HUNTINGDON (November 13) — Wednesday was National Signing Day, the first day that student-athletes may sign letters of intent with colleges and universities. Two Huntingdon High School standouts put ink to paper in front of their classmates, coaches and families in the gymnasium.
Hunter Ensley, a baseball and football phenom, has chosen to join the University of Tennessee baseball program, and Kaci Fuller, key to the Fillies’ softball and basketball teams, will play softball at the University of Tennessee at Martin.
Over her high school softball career, Fuller has a .574 batting average with 174 hits, including 12 home runs, 26 triples and 23 doubles. She has 98 RBIs, 128 runs scored and 55 stolen bases. Fuller has been named to the All-West Tennessee and All-State teams three times and was the 2019 district MVP. She also has a 4.0 grade point average.
At the signing, Fuller told media members that family ties contributed to her decision. Her father, Jody, is in the UTM Hall of Fame as a pitcher and holds the school record for career strikeouts (267), and her mother, Amy, is the former head coach of the Lady Skyhawks.
On her choice of sport to continue her athletic career, Fuller said, “Softball has always been my first love.”
Her goals at UTM are to “be the best player I can be, always give a hundred percent and maybe set some records while I’m there.” As a utility player, she says she’ll play “wherever they feel like they need me the most.”
She’s considering majoring in Pre-Optometry.
Fuller described what it’s meant to her to be a Fillie. “It’s meant a lot. It’s all like family. They’re always here for me in any situation. Being a part of that family helped me strive to meet some of my goals that I’ve reached. They’re like my sisters.”
Ensley’s high school stats include a .517 batting average with 129 hits, including eleven home runs, ten triples and 39 doubles. He has 106 RBIs and 34 stolen bases. He’s been named to the All-West Tennessee and All-State teams three times and was the district MVP the last two seasons. He has a 3.5 grade point average.
Ensley told the media that he chose baseball over football because he’s played since he was four years old. “I’ve worked hard at it my whole life. My dad and mom have pushed me to be the best baseball player I can be and achieve my dreams.”
He chose Tennessee because he grew up a fan, and after a few visits, knew he loved the school and facilities.
Ensley will play outfield (he says he likes to hit), but doesn’t rule out giving the Vols a few innings on the mound.
He hopes to make the SEC All-Freshman team, be a college baseball All-American and win some championships.
On being a Mustang, Ensley said, “We have a great community behind my back, football and baseball. The teachers, students, staff, they’ll push you to do great not only just athletics but school, too. They make sure you’re academically as strong as you are athletically.”
He is undecided on a major.