NEWBERRY — Newberry College has signed eight players who will join the Wolves for the 2015-16 academic year.
Ciria Triplett, head coach of the softball team, made the announcements.
Catcher Natalie Case joins the Wolves from Erwin High School in Asheville, N.C. Case is a three-time all-state and all-district honoree and was named all Mountain Conference in all four years of her high school career. She was also the 2014 MAC and N.C. Softball Coaches Association 3-A District Player of the Year as a junior. She has earned all-Western North Carolina honors twice and was a member of the Beta Club. She played club ball for WNC Extreme Gold and was on the 2009 Disney Diamond Classic championship team.
Corner infielder Briana Clontz comes to Newberry from St. Stephens High School in Hickory, N.C., where she was a four-year softball letterman. She was named all-state, all-district and all-conference as a junior in 2014. She earned academic excellence awards in all four years of high school and was a Beta Club member for two years. She was a 2015 summa cum laude graduate.
Utliity infielder Myranda Dills joins Newberry from Boiling Springs High School where she was a four-year all-region player, a 2013 state champion and a 2015 North/South All-Star. She was a four-year letterman in volleyball and softball and was a member of the National Honor Society and the Beta Club.
Infielder/catcher Hayden Fields joins the Wolves as a junior college transfer from North Idaho College. In her sophomore season, she was named all-Northwest Athletic Conference as a designated player, hitting .442 with 10 homers, 10 doubles, 61 total hits, 51 RBIs and 54 runs scored. As a freshman, she hit .408 with 10 homers, 12 doubles, 69 total hits, 44 RBIs and 37 runs scored. She prepped at Arlington (Wash.) High School where she was a four-year varsity starter. The Eagles were Class AAAA state champions – Washington’s largest classification – in her senior season of 2013 as she also earned second team all-Wesco North honors at third base.
Pitcher Whitney Halley comes to Newberry from Hilton Head Island High School, where she was a four-year all-region player and 2013 preseason Under Armour All-American and all-state honoree. She was a four-year member of the homecoming court and is a member of the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society.
Outfielder Christina Linton is a junior college transfer from the State College of Florida. The Tampa, Fla., native previously attended Sickles HS. In her freshman season at SCF, Linton earned first team all-conference honors after hitting .336 in 128 at bats and was named an NJCAA Player to Watch. She was injured in her sophomore season and will be looking to rebound. At Sickles, she was a three-time all-Hillsborough County player, hitting .393 as a sophomore, .450 as a junior and .400 as a senior. She was named to two different all-conference teams in high school.
Pitcher Devon Morrison is a junior college transfer from the State College of Florida, where she had a 2.31 ERA with 122 strikeouts in 145.2 innings for the Manatees as a sophomore. She was first team all-conference as a freshman and second team all-conference as a sophomore and was the “Bunky” Enos Pitcher of the Year in 2014. She was on the Dean’s List last year. In high school at Sickles High School in Tampa, she was very involved with the FFA, where she was president as a senior. She was a four-year letterman at Sickles and was the Gold Glove winner as a junior with an ERA of 0.67.
Infielder Morgan Sweeney comes to Newberry from West Bladen Hgh School in Dublin, N.C. Sweeney was all-state and all-conference as a senior and Class 2-A all-district as a junior. She led her team in batting average, on base percentage, runs scored and hits and was also an all-conference volleyball player.
This release was provided by Newberry College.