Engine No. 9 has picked a college.
Maryville High School senior Camille Olvey, one of the fastest players to ever don a Lady Rebel uniform, will continue her softball career at Milligan College next year. The Maryville outfielder, who’ll move behind the plate this season, signed a National Letter of Intent with the Buffaloes last week at the high school.
Milligan, 36-19 a year ago and Appalachian Athletic Conference champion, is a strong program. Buffaloes coach Wes Holly is an enthusiastic skipper who gets the best out of his players. Neither is why Milligan won out, though.
Softball only last for so long, Olvey said. The Maryville leadoff hitter is already thinking further down the road.
“They have a really good nursing program up there,” Olvey said. “It’s better to do it up there because it’s not as demanding softball wise.”
The Buffaloes are getting a real gem as a consequence, Maryville coach Ken Hawkins said. Olvey hit .455 with 21 runs batted in and 13 stolen bases for the Lady Rebels last season.
Maryville came within a loss in the sectional round of reaching last year’s state tournament. With seniors like Olvey to lead the charge, Hawkins is hopeful the Lady Rebels can clear that last hurdle between Maryville and Murfreesboro.
“She’s the complete package,” Hawkins said. “I’m so happy for her because I think Milligan is a great fit.
“What’s impressive to me is her competitiveness, her drive, and she’s an absolutely wonderful leader.”
A leader the Buffaloes are more than happy to add to their roster, Holly said.
“We’re just tickled to death with her talent,” he said. “She can play the outfield. She can play the infield and she can catch. Offensively, she’ll add something to our lineup because she can slap hit.”