SOFTBALL INSTRUCTORS

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Softball Instructor - Hitting, Slap Hitting, & Fielding

Nikki Gantt

Nikki had a decorated career at the University of Kentucky marking the career record books with a .365 batting average (1st), 268 hits (2nd), 138 runs (2nd), 416 assists (2nd), 734 at bats (3rd), 12 triples (3rd), .396 on-base percentage (3rd), .425 slugging percentage (3rd), 27 sacrifice bunts (3rd) and 35 stolen bases (3rd).  She was selected for 3 consecutive years as an All-SEC infielder, named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-South Region team twice, and inducted into the Frank G. Ham Society of Character.
Nikki and her husband, Edgar Gantt, have two children, Nathan and Charlie.

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Softball Instructor - Pitching

Amber Torres

Amber pitched at the University of Alabama at Birmingham going 10-5 her senior year with eight complete games and five shutouts, three being complete-game shutouts, finishing  with a 14th nationally ranked 1.36 ERA.  She went 103 innings with 91 hits, 20 earned runs, 38 walks, and 69 strikeouts.  As a freshman she made 25 appearances posting seven complete games, three shutouts, and recorded 50 strikeouts in 99.2 innings pitched.  She was also named to the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll all four years.
At Sparkman High School she won an Alabama 6A State Championship and runner-up the following year.  She was named to the Huntsville Super All-Metro First Team, State Championship Tournament team, and selected to play in the North/South All Star game.  Amber is married and has a daughter. 

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Softball Instructor - Hitting

Mike Perley

Has over 12 years experience coaching softball which includes Birmingham Thunderbolts and The Vipers.  Mike also has a daughter who was a starter at Vestavia and a scholared athlete at Birmingham Southern.

Softball Instructor - Pitching 

Emily Otto

Emily's hometown is Richmond, Texas and pitched for Texas A&M - Commerce.  NFCA First Team All- Region, CoSIDA Academic All District, D2CCA First Team All-Region, and much more .  Texas A&M University-Commerce softball player Emily Otto was named Fastpitch News National Pitcher of the Week. She is the third player in program history to earn National Player of the Week honors, and the first pitcher ever to win the award. She ended her career as the statistical leader in almost every pitching category. 

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