Western softball grads flood college ranks

By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Western Alamance’s softball team will be represented on just about every collegiate level by members of this year’s graduating class.

The Warriors are sending four players from the Class 3-A state runners-up to college programs.

Pitching and hitting standout Taylor Apple’s signing with Division I East Carolina came in the fall. Three of her teammates made their plans public this spring.

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Third baseman Payton Rainey is going to Division II Coker in Hartsville, South Carolina. She batted .389 with nine doubles.

Payton Rainey

Catcher Carley Minter is heading to Division III Greensboro College. Minter batted .262 with five doubles.

Carley Minter

Shortstop Jillian Brunton is pegged to play for Louisburg College, a National Junior College Athletic Association power. The Hurricanes posted a 63-5 record and finished fourth in the NJCAA Division II World Series this year. Brunton batted .390 with four home runs.

Jillian Brunton i

Brunton was Western’s selection for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Sportsmanship Award presented to one player from each of the Class 3-A finalists.

Western reached the state finals for the first time this year. The Warriors finished with a 23-5 record, falling to East Lincoln in the best-of-3 championship series in three games.