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Eastside High School officially retired jersey number 27 in honor of former Lady Eagles softball player Catherine Lee. The former all-star played softball at Eastside from 2003-2006 before graduating with honors while lettering four years in a row in softball, basketball, and tennis.

Lee batted .353 as a senior with seven home runs and 37 runs batted in. She was named All-county during her freshman, junior, and senior years. At the end of her senior year, Lee walked away with the MVP award as well as the Leadership and Coach’s Award. She was also the2006 Player of the Year in Newton County and earned first team All-State.

"Cat had an outstanding softball career at Eastside and at the college level," said Eastside Softball Coach, Heather Wood. "I was fortunate to coach Cat all four years at Eastside.  She is an amazing individual and went further than anyone in our program history.  We are excited to honor Cat to show our appreciation for her softball accomplishments.  Cat is a role model for so many young players today, and on behalf of the Eastside family we will forever be grateful for her contributions at Eastside."

Upon high school graduation, Lee entered college ball at Georgia State University (GSU) in 2007. She played two years for Georgia State University. During that time, she ranked fifth for career home runs and was named both Player and Rookie of the Year. She was also selected for First Team All-CCA (Colonial Athletic Conference) and placed fourth in the nation with 1.15 runs batted in per game. She also led the league in pickoffs and throwing out runners.

The following year, lee led her team in batting average, slugging percentage, on base percentage, runs scored, hits, runs batted in, doubles, home runs and total bases. During the 2008 GSU Spring Showdown, Lee had a three game home run streak, hitting four long balls total over the course of the run. In 2009, she was selected for the ESPN Magazine Academic All-District III Second Team.

Lee continued her college career at the University of Missouri. Her .676 slugging percentage in Big 12 games was 10th highest in the league. She is currently on the staff of the Tiger Scholarship Fund at the University of Missouri where she is working toward her doctorate. As the assistant director for advancement she works with donors who wish to support the university’s athletic endeavors.