Lady Titans' Carroll to play softball at Brevard

McDowell Lady Titans catcher Kat Carroll (seated, second from right) committed to play softball at Brevard College next year. Seated with Carroll are (left to right) her sister Anna Carroll, mother Jennifer Reel and father David Carroll. In back are (left to right) Jamie Brown, Lady Titans assistant coach Kasey Gardin, Lady Titans head coach Catriona Young, Brevard assistant coach Ashleigh Ivey, David Melvin and Heath Ogle. Dan Crawley/mcdowell_youth@yahoo.com

Dan Crawley/mcdowell_youth@yahoo.com

The McDowell Lady Titans softball program continues to build up a solid number of players from the 2018 graduating class furthering their athletic careers after high school.

The latest 2018 recruit to ink with a school came last week with Kat Carroll’s decision to sign with Brevard College.

Carroll, an upcoming second-year varsity player, is the fifth McDowell High senior talent this offseason to have verbally committed to a school, joining teammates Hannah Shelton (Montreat), Lea Conner (Mars Hill), Parker Brown (Surry Community College) and Lauren Hudgins (Lees-McRae).

Carroll’s recruitment by the Tornadoes softball program evolved in a quick fashion, coming off some exposure in the travel ball circuit this past offseason. Then, after a visit on campus, Carroll felt that it was an opportunity that she could not pass up.

“The first time I visited the school I felt like it was the place I wanted to be,” she said. “The school and the people on campus were really nice and the softball program welcomed me from the first visit. They treated me like family.”

Carroll will pursue a degree in criminal justice. Initially, her future plans did not include athletics, but it was the combination of Brevard offering what she was interested in academically along with the opening that came up in softball that formed the perfect match.

As the Lady Titans’ starting catcher in 2017, working behind the plate nearly every inning of each game, Carroll quickly learned the position and became an important piece to McDowell’s success a year ago managing the pitching staff.

“She has been phenomenal for us behind the plate and with her mentality back there,” said Lady Titans head coach Catriona Young. “She has done a really good controlling the pitchers and calling the game. She knows their strengths, what to do and when to do it. And that is a really good asset for us and it will help her at the next level. We are really proud of Kat for having that opportunity.”

Brevard College this season moved to the NCAA Division III ranks, becoming a member of the USA South Conference. A year ago as a Division II program in the South Atlantic Conference the Tornadoes finished with a 2-17 mark. This year’s team will feature a young roster of just four combined juniors and seniors.

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