By Sean Barows
Tennessee softball has announced three more additions to its 2016 recruiting class.
The Vols will welcome Tianna Batts, Cailin Hannon and Shelby Robinson for the 2016-17 academic year. They join UT’s four previously announced newcomers Caylan Arnold, Jenna Holcomb, Kaitlyn Martin and Chelsea Seggern. You can read about those players HERE.
With their seven newcomers the Vols have reeled in another strong recruiting class after pulling in the No. 2 ranked class last year.
Tianna Batts (Taylorsville, N.C. – OF): Batts, a three-time NCHSAA All-State selection, comes to the Vols from North Carolina high school powerhouse Alexander Central. She helped lead the Cougars to back-to-back state titles in 2013 and 2014 as well as a National Championship in 2014. Batts also helped lead Alexander Central to a state-record 95 consecutive wins from 2013-15. She was named a MaxPreps Underclass All-American during her freshman and sophomore seasons and was named a MaxPreps Junior All-American in 2015. The speedy outfielder batted .602 with 22 RBI and went a perfect 43-43 in stolen base attempts last season. She has also won three ASA State Titles with her club teams, two with the Carolina Cobras (2012 & 2013) and one with the Lady Lightning (2015).
Cailin Hannon (Franklin, Tenn. – IF/OF): Hannon has been an integral member for Centennial High School as well as her club team the Birmingham Bolts. She helped lead the Bolts to a championship at the Colorado Sparkler tournament this year and an appearance at the Premier Girls Fastpitch (PGF) Nationals in California. Hannon was named all-district in 2015 and earned MVP honors for Centennial High School as a sophomore after posting a .608 batting average, and is also an accomplished volleyball player. She picked Tennessee over Auburn, Purdue and Arkansas.
Shelby Robinson (Douglasville, Ga. – OF): Robinson is a multi-sport star from Chapel Hill High School in Georgia. She was named to the Georgia All-State Dugout Club in 2015 and was also a first-team all-region selection in 2014. The speedy slapper has compiled 56 RBI, 122 runs and 123 steals over her high school career. She helped lead Chapel Hill to a state championship in 2015 to go along with three consecutive region championships. Robinson plays club ball for the Atlanta Vipers, who finished ninth at ASA Nationals last season. She also been a starter on the Chapel Hill basketball team. Robinson picked Tennessee over Texas A&M, Nebraska and Georgia Southern.