Crusaders News
Softball - Wed, Jun. 19, 2013

Tennessee Temple University softball coach Randy Crawford pulled off a nice double play Monday, signing twins Taylor and Kaytlin Hicks from Ooltewah High School and the Frost Falcons for his Lady Crusaders. They played for him as eighth-graders at Ooltewah Middle, and both said he, the players they met and the campus were reasons they liked TTU. Knowing they wanted to stay together, they also talked to Cleveland State. "They came and worked out with the girls some, and I was really impressed with them," Crawford said. "Both are naturally left-handed in everything they do, and they can hit away or slap or drag. And they've played for some very good teams." Said Norma Nelson, who coached the twins at Ooltewah High: "They both have decent batting averages, and they're both fast. Taylor played all four years, but this was really the first year Kaytlin played the whole season. She had some arm problems in the past." Taylor was the Lady Owls' No. 1 pitcher and also played first base, and Kaytlin played right field. She batted .322 with three triples, three doubles and a home run among her 29 hits this past season, while Taylor hit .302 with four triples and five doubles in 26 hits.