Alvey signs with Lipscomb

Surrounded by family and coaches, Makayla Alvey signed to play softball for Lipscomb University Wednesday morning. Pictured with her, from left, are sister Makenzie, mom Sarah, and dad Shane. On the back row, from left, are JCHS softball coach Hillary Love, Athletic Director Randy Rogers, and J.T. Turnbow, Makayla’s travel team coach. – DALE GENTRY | THE STANDARD BANNER

Her grandfather’s cell phone has a video of five-year-old Makayla Alvey playing shortstop for the first time in a T-Ball game at the Field of Dreams in Dandridge.

She harangues the kid at the plate with an incessant, “Swing, batter, swing!” She fidgets and jumps and even momentarily flexes her muscles body-builder style. When the ball comes her way she’s on it, despite the fact it takes a bad hop and strikes her protective facemask. She turns as if to throw to the outfield, but quicky reverses and figures out where to send it.

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