EAST BEND — There was plenty of reason to celebrate Sunday at Forbush High School, as four Falcons now have a little bit more certainty as to what their future holds.
Seniors Logan Wood, Sydney Miller, Taylor Wooten and Marissa Lineberry all signed with NCAA teams with the intent to play softball Sunday, and while they’re all going their separate ways, they’re all united through Falcon pride. It’s no surprise to see Forbush players signing on National Signing Day, as last year, the team was ranked sixth in the state in all classifications, ultimately falling to South Granville in the finals.
Wood signed with East Carolina University, and if she plays anything like she’s done for the past three seasons, she’ll swing a hot bat and be solid at first base. The ECU Pirates will be looking to rebound after a tough season last year, but this team could be an NCAA tournament threat like they were in 2011.
Miller signed with Lenoir-Rhyne University, adding to a solid future of pitching for the team. In their respective tournaments, both Miller and East Wilkes’ Brandi Parks led their teams far in tournament play. Don’t be surprised if in three years’ time that these two will be at the top of the rotation. Miller was tough to crack all playoffs long, allowing only 10 runs over all 60 innings she pitched in must-win situations. Lenoir-Rhyne finished 32-19 last season, and will have three seniors on the team when Miller begins play.
Wooten was strong at shortstop, and she’s taking her talents to Cullowhee, signing with Western Carolina University. Wooten will be part of the 10th anniversary team, as the Catamounts’ inaugural season was 2006-07.
Lineberry is the only one set to play out of state at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina. Limestone College made its first NCAA regionals appearance last year after winning its first Conference Carolinas Tournament Championship earlier this year. Behind a great pitcher is a catcher, and Lineberry was just that. Lineberry’s strong arm made her tough to steal on, with many who dared to do so ending up regretting it.
All four of these girls have been phenomenal the past three seasons, but there’s one season left for them, and they want to make it the best ever. Unofficially, it starts March 7 against East Wilkes.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.