Two local standouts are among nine players from four states who have signed on to play softball next spring at Virginia-Wise.
Former Coeburn ace Hannah Light Cress was the top vote-getter in an informal poll asking fans to select the top all-time high school softball players in far Southwest Virginia.
The NCAA will permit Division I spring sports student-athletes — such as baseball, softball and lacrosse players — who had their seasons shortened by the coronavirus pandemic to have an additional year of eligibility.
Virginia-Wise junior Kaley Jones, an Eastside alum, was high in several NCAA Division II categories when the Cavaliers had their softball season cut short.
Virginia-Wise tuned up for its South Atlantic Conference debut with a non-conference doubleheader sweep of Bluefield State Wednesday at Cavalier Field.
It is still winter on the calendar, but the spring season is scheduled to open up this weekend for the Virginia-Wise baseball and softball teams.
The Virginia-Wise softball team finished last season 29-23 overall and 16-16 in the Mountain East, and coach Karen Bitter has plenty of experience back from that squad.
Pitcher Meghan King completed a record-setting Women’s College World Series, and Florida State beat Washington 8-3 on Tuesday night to claim its first national title.
Shay Knighten hit a three-run double in the second inning and Oklahoma defended its NCAA softball title with a 5-4 win over Florida on Tuesday night.
The softball teams at Virginia-Wise and Emory & Henry are both headed to the NCAAs.