AC Softball Mitchell Signs with University of Texas-Tyler
Liberty Hill Product Appeared in March ‘Sports Illustrated’
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Angelina College’s Lynsey Mitchell could have taken off the rest of the season following her phenomenal performance in a 2017 doubleheader with Jarvis Christian College.
On that cold day in February, Mitchell wielded a red-hot bat, smashing five homers and driving in 17 runs in those two games alone. Her 11 RBI in the first game set a new single-game record for the Lady Roadrunner program, and her overall results landed her in the “Faces in the Crowd” section in the March edition of Sports Illustrated.
Mitchell didn’t stop there, finishing her sophomore campaign with 11 homers, 50 RBI and a .637 slugging percentage. The Liberty Hill product didn’t just perform on the diamond; she also landed on the Dean’s Honor List regularly for her work in the classroom.
Mitchell capped off her Lady Roadrunner softball career recently by signing her letter of intent to play with the University of Texas-Tyler beginning in the fall of 2017. Mitchell said she based her decision on both the athletic and academic opportunities available at the program.
“One reason I chose UT-Tyler was that the Kinesiology program is science-based,” Mitchell said. “I want to become a physical therapist, and the program offers courses that are more relatable to my interests and future. The campus is beautiful, and the facilities are amazing. The success of the softball program was also a major factor for me in my final decision.
“Also, when I went on my official visit, the coaches talked about every player, which was impressive to me because it proved that they value every individual on the team outside of their performance on the field as well.”
Mitchell’s performance didn’t go unnoticed by the Patriot coaches, who saw a big bat to add some pop to an already-impressive lineup.
“I think my hitting performance in the beginning of the season is what made me stand out to the UT Tyler coaches,” Mitchell said. “Also, being a junior college transfer, I think the maturity and experience I have as a player was a big factor as well.”
Mitchell said she’s ready to play anywhere and do whatever the Patriot team and staff need to help deliver another national championship. UT-Tyler won the Division III title in 2016.
Mitchell also credited her time as a Lady Roadrunner with learning how to handle the ups and downs of student/athlete life.
“AC ultimately taught me that you can be successful through adversity,” Mitchell said. “This year, members of our team suffered injuries throughout the season, and we still ended up with an outstanding game record, as well as other records being broken.
“I also gained a lifelong support system as well as some lifelong friends,” Mitchell added. “I have no doubt that I could call up any one of my AC coaches or teammates in the future if I need a motivation talk or anything of that nature. At Angelina, we faced some very high-caliber competition, and did very well against it. I think the competition we faced will ultimately prepare me for the competition I will face at every level in my career at UT Tyler.”
Overall, Mitchell said, her junior-college experience has her feeling prepared for the next level.
“My experience at Angelina College was greater than I could have ever imagined,” Mitchell said. “Being four hours away from my home and my family, the coaches and teammates made me feel like I had a home away from home. I cannot thank Coach Mark and Barbi Mattson enough for giving me the chance to compete at a high level for AC and for having confidence in me the whole time. Coach Macho (Steven Macharro) made a great impact for me personally when he became part of the coaching staff my second year. He was so dedicated to making sure everyone experienced success and to the process of finding the individual way to make the success possible.
“I truly believe that I’m leaving Angelina College with many lifelong friends and sisters, and I cannot be more grateful for that aspect.”
Mitchell’s parents are Angie Teeler and Joel Mitchell.
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