Sherman named to Diamonds Showcase

Heritage High School junior McKenzie Sherman awaits the pitch during a game this spring.

Photo by Brandon Shinn

Heritage High School junior McKenzie Sherman awaits the pitch during a game this spring.

McKenzie Sherman cemented her place as one of the area’s top receivers this spring.

With selection to the exclusive Queen of Diamonds Showcase South in September, the Heritage High School junior is about to go regional.

Gleaned from a field of over 2,000 applicants, Sherman is one of only 200 or so high school standouts who will descend on Winthrop University, Rock Hill, S.C., on Sept. 3 and 4 for the annual gathering of top prep talent. Participants come from 30 states and Canada for the chance to improve their skills and get their names on college recruiting lists. Being named to the showcase is a big lift, the Lady Mountaineer catcher said.

“I feel very honored because out of 2,000 applications I was one of them selected,” Sherman said. “I want to play college ball, so this will help me. It’s a great deal because they help market you.”

Sherman enjoyed a breakout year for Heritage during the 2011 season, posting .333 batting average to go with 11 doubles. Her 15 runs batted in ranked second among Lady Mountaineers, her three home runs on the campaign first.

It led to the Heritage backstop being named All-District 4AAA and All-Blount County at season’s end. Sherman competes for the Knoxville Blaze during the summer travel ball season.

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