Started 34 games in 37 total appearances at catcher and designated player ... Blasted game-winning, two-out, solo home run in the top of the seventh to break 1-1 tie en route to 2-1 victory over Drake on March 10 ... Home run was the first of her career and garnered her nomination for Raiders’ Choice Awards’ Play of the Year Award ... Picked up game-winning RBI with bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in bottom of the seventh of 6-5 comeback victory against Eastern Michigan on March 10 ... Hit game-tying solo homer to lead off the top of the seventh en route to 3-2 win over Eastern Illinois on March 14 ... Tallied career-high three hits and two runs knocked in on March 11 against Southeast Missouri while going 3-3 at the plate with a home run ... Registered five multi-hit games including three consecutive in mid-March ... Finished tied for first on the team with six hit-by-pitches ... Ended year as one of two regular starters with perfect 1.000 fielding percentage.
Competed in softball and swimming at Jefferson County ... Served as athletic trainer for football and basketball teams ... Helped the Patriots to district championships in 2010 and 2011 ... Three-time All-Northeast Tennessee ... Four-time All-Conference ... Three-time All-Tournament team ... Four-time All-Academic team
Laura Jean Dukes ... Born Jan. 13, 1993 ... Daughter of Monte and Valerie Dukes ... Has one sister (Shelby) ... Majoring in communication disorders.