By MICHAEL CHILDERS, CJ Correspondent
Sydney ‘Dozer’ Fourman has made a name for herself throughout the state of Kentucky over the past few years in the sport of softball.
Fourman will get the chance to make her name known throughout the southeastern portion of the United States, as the Southwestern High School senior has signed to play softball at Lindsey Wilson College.
The Lady Warrior senior, who also plays basketball, has played a pivotal role in the recent success of the high school’s softball program, and now will look to do the same for the Lady Raiders at the collegiate level.
Moments after Fourman inked with the NAIA school, it had finally set in that she would be continuing her softball career at the next level, which is something that a lot of athletes don’t get the opportunity to do.
“It hasn’t really set in until now that I’m actually going to the next level,” began the Southwestern senior. “It’s great to go on to the next level and start a new chapter in my life.”
Lindsey Wilson was the top choice for Fourman because she really enjoyed the family atmosphere, along with the location of the school.
“I really liked the coaches and the atmosphere at Lindsey Wilson,” explained Fourman. “The coaches are like family, which was really important to me. The location was another reason – it’s 45 minutes from home. I can come home on the weekends, but it is also far enough away that you can kind of be your own person[MC1] .”
Fourman plans to major in psychophysiology at Lindsey Wilson.
“I’m going to major in psychophysiology, which is biology and psychology together,” stated the future Lady Raider softball player. “I then plan to go on and get my physical therapy degree. I really like to help people.”
Jim Woodall, a long-time softball coach in the Somerset-Pulaski County area and current Southwestern head coach, had very high praise for the Lady Warrior senior.
“In all of my years that I have coached here at Southwestern, I have never found anybody that has been more determined to play at the next level than Sydney,” praised Woodall. “I sure haven’t found anybody that has outworked this girl. Everything that she has accomplished here today, she’s earned it because of her hard work.”
“She is going to be a big-time player at a first-class program like Lindsey Wilson,” continued the Lady Warrior softball coach. “With that being said, we’ve still got some playing left to do here at Southwestern. I couldn’t be more proud of her for accomplishing something this great.”
Fourman has been a mainstay at the War Path over the past few years. In fact, Fourman came up on the varsity team as a seventh-grader at Southern Middle School.
Since becoming a member of the Lady Warrior softball team, Fourman has been a part of five 48th District championships (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012). The Lady Warriors have won eight straight district titles.
While at Southwestern, Fourman has played almost every position on the diamond, but where Fourman does most of her damage defensively is on the pitcher’s mound.
In her junior season, a year that saw her be named the Commonwealth Journal’s All-County Softball Player of the Year, Fourman went 23-9 with 167 strikeouts in 176.33 innings. Fourman’s earned run average (ERA) for 2013 was 1.75.
Fourman, a three-time member of the all-county squad, is also deadly at the plate. As a junior, Fourman batted .566 with 47 hits (9 doubles, 3 triples, and 9 home runs) and 41 RBI’s.
It’s been a great high school softball career for Fourman, one that she says has gone by in a hurry.
“My high school career has gone by so fast,” told Fourman. “I’ve been playing varsity since my 7th grade year, and it’s gone by just like that. It’s kind of sad to see it go. I want to thank everyone that has helped me reach this goal – parents, team, coaches, and everyone else.”