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South Effingham softball duo college bound
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GUYTON — The South Effingham softball pipeline continues to flow with college-caliber players.

On Nov. 19, the team conducted two signing ceremonies, celebrating Ashleigh Woods and Hailey Pinette. 

Woods inked with Wesleyan College, a program that began recruiting her during her junior season. 

"I've known coach Penny Siqueiros for four years now," Woods said. "I met her when she was the coach at Emory but she ended up being the coach at Wesleyan. It's a good school for me because they have biology and the pre-veterinarian program.

“It's a small school and the environment of the coach is very inspiring." 

Woods, who was named All-Region 2-AAAAA second team as a catcher, said she entertained offers from Brenau University, Covenant College and Greensboro College. She chose the Wolves due to their proximity to home. 

Pinette is headed to Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus. The first baseman turned outfielder finished her senior season with 28 runs and 19 RBI. The four-year letter winner said she's always had a vision of playing at the next level. 

"It feels great," she said. "It's a dream come true. Since I was little girl, I always saw myself playing college ball and wanted to be like the girls playing on the field and have fans that want to cheer me on." 

Former South Effingham head coach Chuck Smith was on hand to give words of encouragement. He coached the pair for three seasons, guiding them to the Elite Eight in 2018. 

"I am so proud of them," Smith said. "What they have laid out there as far as the tradition on the field is unreal. This is a great moment. I know they will represent South Effingham very well."