Greenfield-Central’s Darcie Huber cemented her college future this winter by signing her national letter of intent to Ball State University.
The 2015 Daily Reporter Hancock County Softball Player of the Year was one of six players to ink with the Cardinals and first-year head coach Megan Ciolli Bartlett.
Among those set to join the Cardinals for the 2017 season are outfielder Haley Dominique (Oregon, Ohio/Clay), catcher Janae Hogg (Indianapolis/Cathedral), Huber, first baseman/outfielder Caitlyn Robinson (Clarksville, Ohio/Clinton-Massie), pitcher Alyssa Rothwell (Ashville, Ohio/Teays Valley) and infielder Kennedy Wynn (New Albany/New Albany High School).
“I am thrilled to announce the signing of our 2016 class,” Bartlett remarked in a press release. “This is a talented, enthusiastic and already tight-knit group of young athletes. I know they will contribute to the ongoing success Ball State softball has come to expect, as well as catapult the program to new heights.”
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Huber enters her senior season at Greenfield-Central fresh off a 2015 campaign which saw her earn third-team All-State accolades after helping guide the Cougars to a program-best 27-5 overall record, as well as Hoosier Heritage Conference and sectional championships.
She compiled a 20-2 record as a junior, logging a 1.15 ERA and 211 strikeouts over 23 appearances. At the plate, she was a .472 hitter for head coach Jason Stewart’s Cougars, driving in 32 RBIs and scoring 26 runs with the help of 13 doubles and nine home runs. In addition to her high school career, Huber plays for the Indiana Magic Gold 18U team.
“I am excited to suit up and represent the Cardinals, which allows me to continue to play the game I love,” Huber remarked on competing at Division-I Ball State in the Mid-American Conference. “I want to thank my parents and coaches for helping me get here. I cannot wait to make Ball State my home.”
Ball State finished the 2015 season with a 34-25 record overall, reaching the NCAA South Bend Regional. The Cardinals lost to Notre Dame after defeating the Irish, marking the team’s first NCAA regional win in program history.
Mt. Vernon’s Campbell commits to Trinity International
Jimmy Campbell made it official this month, signing his letter of intent to Trinity International University, where he intends to play football for the Trojans.
Campbell, a senior, has found success as a quarterback and defensive back throughout his career, helping the Marauders post a fourth consecutive winning record at 6-5 in 2015.
In eight starts under center, Campbell passed for 602 yards and four touchdowns. He rushed for 510 yards and six touchdowns, averaging 63.8 yards per game and posting two 100-yard rushing performances before an injury ended his season prematurely.
“My most memorable moment from my high school career had to be (Alex) Barnett’s catch against Greenfield on fourth-and-13 in the 4th quarter this year,” Campbell commented in a press release.
That completion led the Marauders to a 20-14 overtime victory, after trailing going into the final minute.
According to Campbell, it was the upperclassmen that impacted his football career when he was just a freshman. “Guys like Tyler Dicks, Anthony Burnett and Alec Lohman took me under their wing and helped me develop as a player and a leader,” he said.
As for goals, Campbell noted, “I’m looking to redshirt and get a year of practice and lifting under my belt so I can develop my strength and skill set. After that, I hope to help make a positive impact on the team and help the program seek further success.”
Trinity International University is an NAIA university in Deerfield, Ill. The Trojans compete in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, and finished the 2015 season 2-9, with five of their losses coming against top-25 competition.