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Carterville’s Drust to play for Lady Vols

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Amy Drust

Graduated Carterville High School senior Amy Drust cuts loose with a swing in game action earlier this spring. A middle infielder, Drust has signed a letter of intent to play softball at John A. Logan College this fall. (Photo courtesy The Southern)

CARTERVILLE – The John A. Logan College softball team added depth to the middle infield positions this week with the announced signing of Amy Drust of Carterville.

Drust was a key component of the Lions’ 26-10 season. She mostly played second base and earned All-Conference, All-South and All-State (Third Team) honors.

“I truly feel blessed to have the opportunity to play this fall at Logan,” Drust said. “I decided at the last minute to continue my career and I am honored to get the chance.”

Drust said she drew inspiration for playing ball from her older brothers, Ben and Brad, who each played baseball at Logan and enjoyed their experience.

“Getting to play here is very convenient, not just for me but also my family,” she said. “I live right down the road, so it will be an easy commute back and forth from school and practices. For my family, they won’t have to drive far to watch me play. I get to play in my hometown for a couple more seasons, which is a privilege.”

Drust said she is probably her harshest critic.

Amy Drust

Here, Drust fields a ground ball in game action this spring. The incoming JALC freshman said she was inspired to play by her two older brothers, Ben and Brad, who each played baseball at Logan. (Photo courtesy The Southern)

“I am hard on myself as a player, because i want to be the best player i can be,” she said. I am committed and dedicated to each practice and game. I don’t play for myself; I play for the name on the front of my jersey.”

Drust said she is hopeful of earning playing time as an incoming freshman.

“I will work hard in conditioning workouts and practice to prove to my coaches that I want to be on the field,” she said. “And I plan to do more conditioning than just our summer workouts. I will hit and take balls off the bat any chance I get. I will make myself a better player over the off season and continue to grow as a player during the season.”

Vols assistant coach and lead recruiter, Angie Jilek, said Drust enjoyed a successful prep career with the Lions.

“Amy was used in the middle infield and swung the bat pretty consistently for them this past spring,” Jilek said. “We have known Amy before she even entered junior high school. It has been nice watching her progress as an athlete and young lady. We know she is a great kid and a competitor. She decided late that she wanted to continue her softball career at the next level and we feel we are a good fit for each other.”

Amy is the daughter of Dennis and Linda Drust.