By Adam Gore/ICC Sports Information Department
FULTON – Itawamba Community College softball coach Andy Kirk announced the signing of pitcher Dani Taylor of West Union High School and catcher Carrington Rye of Hamilton High School in Alabama on Monday.
In her final season at West Union, Taylor helped lead the Lady Eagles to the MHSAA Class 1A fast-pitch softball state championship series by recording 16 of the team’s 19 wins with a team-best 1.18 ERA.
“I’m very excited because this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Taylor. “I’m glad to be a part of the team and look forward to working hard to get better for next season.”
“Dani had a highly-decorated high school career,” said Kirk, who coached Taylor for five seasons at West Union. “She is a pitcher that can mix speeds well and can hit her spots which is very critical in being successful on this level.”
She led the team with 134 strike outs and issued only 39 walks in 137 innings pitched en route to a 16-7 record while finishing third on the team with a .916 fielding percentage to earn her third-straight Region 2-1A Player of the Year honor along with a spot on the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal All-Area Softball Top 10 list. She finished her career at West Union with an overall record of 63-25 as a pitcher.
“Dani really helped raise the bar in our program,” said West Union softball coach Lisa Bogue. “We look forward to the younger girls following in her footsteps and we look forward to seeing Dani as a Lady Indian.”
During her junior campaign, Taylor and the Lady Eagles advanced to the MHSAA Class 1A fast-pitch softball North State championship series.
Rye batted .426 and had a .550 on-base percentage while leading the team in runs scored and stolen bases during her senior campaign at Hamilton High School.
“I’m very excited to be at ICC because it’s close to home and my family can come watch me play,” said Rye. “I’m ready to wear the blue and red next season.”
“Carrington brings the element of speed to the program,” said Kirk. “She’s a utility type player that can play all over the field and will be tried out at a lot of different spots because she run the bases really fast and cover a lot of ground.”
The catcher was voted team captain and was selected All-WAC, All-County, and All-Area while being nominated for All-State honors.
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