In another Veteran’s Day signing, Massac County’s Emma Austin put her “John Henry” on a national letter of intent to attend SIU and play softball for the Salukis.
Like her teammates at Massac, and athletes all over the country, Austin was deprived of a chance to compete when high school athletics were canceled this past spring but hopes to “make hay” when, and if, sports are allowed this spring.
In the speedy Austin, the Salukis are getting a top of the order bat and a top notch “fly chaser.”
Austin patrols center field for Massac County but said that wherever the Salukis want her to play will be alright with her.
Austin, an “on-base machine,” said her most memorable moment so far was a home run against Carbondale, her first.
Like teammate Pierce, Austin was superb in the 2019 regional finals against Carbondale. Austin led the game off with an all-out “hustle triple” and recorded a multi-hit game in the wonderfully played extra-inning loss to the lady Terriers.
Austin made All Conference her sophomore year and was awarded the team’s defensive award last year.
Off the diamond, Austin is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the National Honor Society.
Austin thinks a career in the field of physical therapy, or something related, may be on the horizon when she hangs up her cleats.
Emma is the daughter of Chris and Teresa Austin.