COLLEGE SOFTBALL: CVCC signs 3, including key player from South Caldwell

Published Sunday, June 9th, 2019

Catawba Valley Community College, which will field a softball team for the first time in the spring of 2020, has signed South Caldwell High’s Katie Wright (center, front row). She was a key utility player as the Spartans won a state 4A title this season and brings the Red Hawks’ first recruiting class to 15./CVCC PHOTO

HICKORY – Catawba Valley Community College (CVCC) has added three more softball players for its first year, including a utility player who helped South Caldwell High win a state 4A title.

In press releases, the Red Hawks’ athletic department announced signing Katie Wright of South Caldwell, Haley Morrow of Asheville Roberson and Destiny Karber of Black Mountain Owen.

“Katie brings a ton of big game experience and knowing how to win to our team,” CVCC head softball coach Josh Bumgarner said in a press release. “She’s a solid first basemen who carries a big bat. We are very excited to have her coming to the Valley.”

A senior utility player for the Spartans, Wright scored 20 runs and drove in 18 runs and posted an on-base percentage of .309.

She finished her prep career with 88 games played, 73 hits (11 doubles, one triple, five home runs), 49 runs scored and 70 RBIs while hitting .308.

South Caldwell went 46-12 in Wright’s two varsity seasons, finishing second in the state 4A tournament as a junior and winning this season’s 4A crown.

Wright was selected All-Northwestern 3A-4A, and she also played volleyball for the Spartans.

Wright brings the first class recruited by CVCC to 15.

CVCC begins championship contention in the spring of 2020.

Morrow, who plays second base and shortstop, finished her four-year high school career with 72 hits in 75 games, including 13 doubles. She drove in 24 RBIs, scored 65 runs and hit .338.

As a senior, Morrow helped Asheville Roberson go 19-43 overall and 14-2 in the Western Mountain 3A.

“Hayley is a player we are thrilled to be signing here at CVCC,” Bumgarner said. “She is tough, fast and never quits. Her bat and glove will both be big assets to our program.”

An outfielder, Karber was part of a program at Black Mountain Owen that won 46 games in four seasons and 34 of those in league play.

“We are excited to be adding Destiny to our team,” Bumgarner said. “She is a hard worker with a team first mentality and a smart outfielder that does little things right that often go unnoticed.”

  • Reported by CVCC Sports Information

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