Blackwood, Bennett sign scholarship papers
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland softball coach Heather Stanfill announced the signings of Lawrence County’s Allison Blackwood and DeKalb County’s Victoria Bennett to scholarship papers for the 2009-10 academic year. Blackwood and Bennett are the seventh and eighth players to sign with the Bulldogs for next season.
 
Blackwood is a three-year letterwinner for coach Tony Fincher at Lawrence County High School, earning All-District 8-AAA honors the past two seasons. She compiled a 15-10 record in 174 innings of work with a 1.29 earned-run-average and 146 strikeouts on the mound last season and also batted .385 with 21 runs scored and 22 RBIs.
 
She is the daughter of Gary and Forest Blackwood of Leoma, Tenn.
 
Bennett has lettered in four sports at DeKalb County High School, including three years in softball for coach Danny Bond. She was a Second Team All-District 7-AA selection as a sophomore and a First Team honoree as a junior.
 
As a freshman she batted .330 in 37 games with two doubles, three triples, 19 RBIs, 14 stolen bases and 25 runs scored. During her sophomore campaign Bennett posted a .343 batting average in 38 contests with 10 doubles, six triples, one home run, 29 RBIs, 20 stolen bases and 35 runs scored. As a junior she recorded two doubles, two triples, four home runs, 25 RBIs, 10 stolen bases and 32 runs scored.
 
Bennett was voted Miss DeKalb County High School as a senior and was class Vice President as a freshman, junior and senior. She has also lettered in basketball, soccer and golf and is the granddaughter of Rita and Jewell Duke of Dowelltown, Tenn.
 
Blackwood and Bennett join Station Camp’s Christina Manis, Macon County’s Chandra Brooks, Mt. Juliet’s Megan Lavery, Houston County’s Shannel Nolen, Ravenwood’s Nicole Swann and White House’s Emily Nicholson in this year’s signing class.