Tiger Softball Signs Tennessee Native Ashley Ford
Nov. 17, 2009
MEMPHIS - Dickson County utility player Ashley Ford signed her National Letter of Intent to play with the University of Memphis softball program. She is the second player to sign with Memphis for 2010-11 during the early signing period, joining St. Louis native Ashleigh King.
A senior at Dickson County High School in Dickson County, Tenn., Ford lettered four years as a starter for head coach Michael Shane Buchanan. During her career, she played catcher, first base and as the designated player. Ford is a career .320 hitter and boasts a .535 slugging percentage.
"We noticed Ashley when she came to camp a few years back," said Memphis head coach Windy Thees. "She's a hard working player, has good fundamentals, has a little bit of power in her swing and is a very good defensive catcher as well. We really liked what we saw from her as we've been able to follow her the last couple of years. We're just really excited that she's going to be a Memphis Tiger."
Named the district's Co-Defensive Player of the Year, Ford helped DCHS become the 10AAA District champions in 2009 and finish with a 30-11 record.
Ford played travel ball with the Nashville Nighthawks 18-Under Gold. With the Nighthawks, Ford held a .350 batting average, .590 slugging percentage and a .996 fielding percentage. She threw out 36 out 42 would be base stealers while on the team.
Ford is the daughter of Carroll and Tamara Ford. At DCHS, Ford is also involved with Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
2010-11 Memphis Softball Signing Class