Gallatin R-5 grad Lacey Dixon (Class of 1981), coming off a banner season at Johnson County Community College, has earned a three-year, full-ride scholarship to continue her softball career at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg.
Dixon, a member of the 2008 Gallatin High School graduating class, was recently named a National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) Second Team All-American after helping to lead the JCCC women to a fifth place finish in the D-II National Tournament. That national award came on the heels of her second All-East Jayhawk Conference honor.
Dixon led the Lady Cavaliers on the mound in several pitching categories. She finished fourth in the nation in innings pitched (234.1), ninth in strikeouts (233), seventh in victories (29) and 17th in earned run average (1.40).
Johnson County’s fifth place finish in the national tournament capped a 48-11 season for the Lady Cavs and was the seventh overall top five finish in the team’s history. During JCCC’s run to a district title, Dixon threw 484 pitches over a two-day period. She was the pitching mainstay that led the Lady Cavs to a 24-2 conference championship.
Gallatin’s all-time leader in innings pitched (478), strikeouts (602), wins (60) and ERA (0.82), Lacey joins the ranks of two other GHS alums who attained All-American status. Charles Parrish, a 1981 GHS grad, earned NAIA honorable mention All-America football honors at William Jewell College in 1984. Brice Garnett, son of Tom and Nancy Garnett, earned NCAA Division II All-American honors for three seasons while competing in golf at Missouri Western State University and has competed as a professional since 2006.
Dixon joins a Lady Mule team coming off a 26-27 season and tie for third in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.