WISE, Va. - The University of Virginia’s College at Wise softball team has announced Wednesday (April 17) the signing of four players for the 2013-14 season. Middle infielders Sarah Beamer (Strasburg, Va.), Mallory Wood (Madison Heights, Va.), and Erika McLaughlin (Haymarket, Va.), along with pitcher Taylor Brandts (King George, Va.) have committed to the Cavaliers beginning next season.
"We're looking forward to the unique assets that each of these players will bring to our program" said Head Coach Karen Bitter. "All four of these student-athletes are high-skill and high-character players. Along with our two early signers, these four will give us a well-rounded class next season.”
Beamer is a stand out softball player from Skyline High school.
“Sarah is a very good athlete. She has seen some success on the mound, but she is also a very good middle infielder and hitter. We are excited to see where she will fit in best,” said Bitter.
At Skyline she was named the 2012 Northwestern District Pitcher of the Year. Beamer has played on varsity since she was a freshman and has been named to the Northwestern District First Team and to the All-Region Second Team all three seasons. She was also named the most valuable player her freshman and junior year.
Wood hails from Amherst County High school, and is an integral part of the Lancers success. Wood hit .484 during the team’s 2012 campaign, with 21 RBIs and a .570 on base percentage. The team finished 17-4 on the season and Wood was selected to the All Seminole District team, the 2012 All Region III First team, and was named co most valuable player.
“Mallory is strong, tough, defensive and offensive player with a lot of experience. She will be a great addition to the Cavalier family,” said Bitter.
The King George High School softball team is 8-0 overall, and 4-0 in district behind the arm of Brandts. Brandts has a 1.47 ERA with only 15 hits and 58 strikeouts in 38 innings of work.
“Taylor will be a very good addition to our pitching staff. She has some great movement on her pitches, and she is very focus. I am looking forward to working with her for the next four years,” said Bitter.
Brandts picked up All-Area Honorable Mention last season, and was selected to the All-Region Second Team her Sophomore year.
McLaughlin is from Haymarket, VA. and has spent 2 years playing at Delaware Technical Community College. She finished the season last year with a .474 batting average, 30 RBI and 6 homeruns.
“Erika is a very strong athlete and has a great worth ethic. We are very excited she will be joining us on the field next season,” said Bitter.
UVa-Wise is currently 24-19 overall and 12-10 in its final season in the Mid-South Conference. The school will compete in the Mountain East Conference in 2014.