Cook commits to Southwest Tennessee – Arkansas News

Cook commits to Southwest Tennessee – Arkansas News

Cook commits to Southwest Tennessee

Marion senior Haley Cook verbally commits to join the Southwest Tennessee Saluqis following her senior season

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Haley Cook enters her senior season with the Marion Lady Patriots knowing that her softball career will not end after her final at-bat with the Lady Patriots, having recently verbally committed to join the Southwest Tennessee Saluqis in 2018.

Cook, who plays catcher for the Marion Lady Patriots, says she is excited to join the Saluqis and grateful for the opportunity to continue her softball career.

“It feels amazing that I get to keep doing the thing that I love the most,” Cook said. “I couldn’t be more excited.”

Marion head coach Sean Gray is excited for the Lady Patriots senior as well, though he will miss the reliability and consistency of his backstop who he considers an on-thefield coach and who caught 10 runners stealing last season to go along with four runners picked off and only two errors behind the plate.

“It’s something that makes it so much easier as a coach,” Gray said of Cook’s presence behind the plate. “I’ve worked with Haley over the last four years, helping her get better and stronger. And, working with her is just awesome, for her to basically become the leader on the field. She’s basically the second coach out there on the field and guiding people where they need to go and telling people where they need to be. Just to have the reliability behind there is huge.”

Cook, Lady Patriots 2017 Gold Glove winner as well as 2017 6A East All-Conference selection, says that coaching up her teammates and arranging a defense is a…

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