Ten young ladies of the 12 committing to Enterprise State Community College in this signing period, signed softball scholarships with parents, family members, coaches and friends, as well as ESCC administrators, coaches and members of the 2013 Weevil Women on hand Thursday morning.
"We want to welcome all these players and their parents to the ESCC family," said veteran ESCC coach King Jones. "We are excited to have these 12 girls in our program for the next two years."
Signing Thursday were:
Bianca Tate Adkison - Catcher, utility; St. Clair High School in Odenville where she has been All-Area four consecutive years.
Captain of her team and was the RBI leader for the past two seasons.
Plays with Elite Lady Sox Travel Team in Dothan in summer and fall.
"Like many high school teams where a coaching staff change occurred, players' stats were lost in the shuffle, but Bianca is an exceptional player and we are very happy to have her come to play at ESCC," Jones said.
Jessica Kaitlyn Chapa - Catcher, first base, outfield; Saks High School in Anniston; batted .378 in 2012.
Played with Diamond Force Travel Ball Team during the last six years, summer and fall.
Honor Roll Student and member of Spanish Club, and
- Manager of the wrestling and basketball teams
- Freshman Homecoming Representative
- Senior Class Beauty
"Another well round student, we look forward to Jessica joining the ESCC softball team in the fall," Jones said.
Ashley Nicole Copeland - Pitcher, catcher, first base; Pleasant Home High School, near Andalusia; varsity softball player since eighth grade.
"As the team's catcher, she helped Pleasant Home finish second in the state last season and was selected to the All-Tournament team at the State Tournament," Jones noted.
In 2012, she had a .409 batting average and 21 RBI's, and a 1.40 ERA as a pitcher.
"Such a versatile player is going to be a great addition to the ESCC softball team," Jones explained. "And we are really glad Ashley decided to join our team."
Brooke Marie Hammonds - First base, third base, outfield; Elba High School, played at Florala before tearing an ACL and was not able to play ball last year at Elba.
She is a strong athlete and the following demonstrates this:
In volleyball, elected to the 2010 Elite Eight; won the 2011-12 MVP Award.
In basketball, she was 2008-09 MVP, 2009-10 All-Tournament team, and 2011-12 Top Rebounder
She has been EHS Ambassador two years; Children's Ministry five years, and Student Council member two years.
"A diverse student/athlete, Brooke is going to be a valued member of the ESCC softball team," Jones said.
Abigail Ruth Kelley - Outfield; Pleasant Home High School. "She has years of experience at all outfield positions, and has done well in softball and volleyball," Jones said.
Above .300 batting average in 2011
Best Offensive Player Award in 2011
Member of 2012 Class A state runner-up
Honor student, 2012-13. All-A Honor Roll
Numerous volleyball awards
"Abigail is both a very good softball player and an excellent student. She is an excellent addition to the ESCC softball team," Jones said.
Kelly Renee Kilgore - Second base, third base, shortstop; Saks High School, Anniston, Ala., where she has been:
First Team All-County and Best Defensive Player 11th grade
Anniston Star Diamond Dazzler
Varsity softball player four years; had team's highest batting average her junior year (.387)
Won Hustle Award as a junior
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