ARCANUM – Emilie Fout, the daughter of Erin and Tracy Fout signed to play softball for the NCAA DII Cedarville Lady Yellow Jackets while continuing her education with studies in Communications.
“It really means a lot that everybody was here and that my family came and supported me,” Fout said at her signing. “It means a lot to give back to them as well.”
“Emilie is a great representative of Arcanum High School and has excelled as a student-athlete in the classroom and on the court,” said Arcanum Superintendent John Stephens. “Cedarville University is getting a great student and a great athlete. She is going to contribute to their team and we wish her the best of luck. She is going to represent Arcanum well.”
The Arcanum senior will be entering her fourth season with the Lady Trojans softball program and just completed her fourth year with the 2023 WOAC Championship Lady Trojans volleyball team.
“Cedarville is getting a player with a great attitude, a great work ethic, and a heck of a softball player,” said Arcanum veteran coach, Mike Morris. “She can fit anywhere she goes. She always has a smile on her face and is willing to do whatever it takes to win and whatever is good for the team.”
When Fout takes the field this spring it will give the Arcanum senior four consecutive seasons as the program’s starting shortstop and looks to play second base for Cedarville University or move to the outfield to take advantage of her speed.
“She definitely has some range and gets to the ball,” Coach Morris stated. “To be a four-year starter at shortstop here at Arcanum – that’s saying something,” Coach Morris stated. “She definitely has some range and gets to the ball. She will be great for Cedarville and with her great attitude she’ll be successful there.”
“When talking to my (Cedarville) coaches I’m definitely an outfielder or second baseman and utility,” said Fout, “anywhere they need me to play.”
Fout brings speed to the base paths to go along with a solid bat at the plate where she carried a .467 batting average her junior year to go along with 43 hits, 28 RBIs, 29 Runs, 10 Doubles, 2 Triples, 1 Home Run and 12 Stolen Bases all while holding down the shortstop position.
“Hopefully, I can use my speed as an advantage especially around the bases and just to get base hits – hopefully a homerun here or there,” she said with a smile.
“Em definitely has some pop in her bat,” Morris said. “She has been one of our leaders for three years and this year she has a chance of being player of the year in the conference. She has a great future ahead of her.”
“There is no doubt in my mind she could have gone DI somewhere to play but she has had her heart set on Cedarville for quite a while so that will be good for her,” he added. “She’ll be happy there, she will fit in well and I wish her the best.”
Fout expressed her thanks to the many that has supported her athletic career playing for the Orange and Black.
“I want to thank my family because they sacrifice a lot, especially having three kids,” Fout said. “It’s a lot getting each kid to each sport and definitely my coaches because they got me to where I needed to be.”
“She has a great future ahead of her and I think she’s going to step right in and produce for them immediately,” said Coach Morris. “She leads by example and she loves to win.”