Naylor's Mitchell To Play Softball At Lyons College

Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Naylor senior Whitney Mitchell signs her letter of intent to play softball at Lyons College in Batesville, Ark. Seated with Whitney are her parents, Trevor and Kelly Noisworthy. Back from left are Clearwater Lakers coach Matt Gage (holding Cynthia), Naylor assistant coach Chelsey Rigdon, head coach Logan Foster and retired coach Gene Deckard.
Ron Smith

Opposing baserunners learned the hard way not to challenge Naylor centerfielder Whitney Mitchell.

“Everyone knows she is really fast but she also has a lot better throwing arm than most people believe,” said Naylor head softball coach Logan Foster. “She must have thrown out seven or eight base runners last fall.”

There isn’t much Mitchell didn’t do in four seasons on the softball field for the Naylor Lady Eagles. Next year, she will take her considerable talents to Lyon College at Batesville, Ark.

Mitchell said she picked Lyon College because it’s a smaller school - just like her high school. Her eventual career goal is to become a pharmacist.

“Whitney is a hard worker and she is smart,” said coach Foster. “Lyon College not only is getting a very good player but they also are getting a very good student and a very good person.”

Mitchell was a first-team all-state outfielder this past season while helping her team to a 13-13 record. In the field, she made just one error and carried a batting average of over .500.

Mitchell said she most likely will remain an outfielder at the college level.

“Her speed enables her to do a whole bunch of things very well. She’s top notch,” Foster said.

Lyon College - known as the Scots - competes on the NAIA level primarily in the America Midwest Conference with several colleges from Missouri.

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