Red Hawks announce six softball signings for 2019-20

Red Hawks announce six softball signings for 2019-20

HICKORY, N.C. — The Catawba Valley Community College softball has announced the addition of six softball players to its first-ever recruiting class.

Joining the Red Hawks starting this fall will be Bunker Hill's Ashlyn Parsons, Cherryville's Katie Camp, East Davidson's Alli Ray and Franklin's Audi Wallace, Sarah Stanley and Paige Norton.

'To say this is a big week for CVCC Softball is a bit of an understatement," said Red Hawks head softball coach Josh Bumgarner. "With six signings this week and more coming next, our program keeps getting stronger and stronger. We are very fortunate to be signing quality players like we have this week."

Parsons joins the Red Hawks after last playing at Bunker Hill High School in 2016 where she was an all-conference performer for the Bears. She played in 23 games as a senior, recording 40 hits, scoring 22 runs and tallying a .465 batting average and .604 slugging percentage.

"Ashlyn has a strong arm on defense and can hit from both sides of the plate with speed that makes her a threat to opposing teams," Bumgarner said.

Camp comes off her senior season with the Ironmen where she tallied a 34 hits, 14 RBIs, scored 32 runs and drew 17 walks. She finished the spring with a .410 batting average and .612 on-base percentage.

"Katie is capable of playing in the infield or outfield," Bumgarner said. "She is also a very good hitter that can hit to all parts of the field."

Ray played in 15 games as a junior in 2018 at East Davidson where she tallied a .537 batting average with 22 hits, including nine doubles and two home runs. She also scored 12 runs and drove in six RBIs.

"Alli is a versatile utility player with a strong bat that can help us in many ways," Bumgarner said.

Norton is a four-year varsity softball player at Franklin. She's played in 85 games and tallied 92 hits (18 doubles, three triples, nine home runs), 75 RBIs and scored 74 runs.

"Paige is a very solid player both with the glove and with the bat in her hands," Bumgarner said. "She makes the hard plays look easy and has the ability to hit the long ball."

Also a four-year softball player for the Panthers, Stanley has played in 65 games, tallying 45 hits (eight doubles, seven home runs), 44 RBIs and 41 runs scored.

"Sarah is a very skilled catcher that can block, frame and throw with the best," Bumgarner said. "She has a big bat that will be counted on as well."

Joining her friends and teammates on the CVCC softball team is Wallace, who has played in 61 career games so far at Franklin, tallying 44 hits (11 doubles, two home runs), 32 RBIs and a .301 batting average.

Audi isn't the first person in her family to attend CVCC. Her sister Mariah was an All-American volleyball player for the Red Hawks during the 2016-17 school year.

"Audi's big bat and ability to play multiple positions will be a huge asset for our team," Bumgarner said.

All six of these athletes join a CVCC softball program that officially starts this fall and will be immediately eligible for championship contention in the spring of 2020.