McDowell Lady Titans softball player Nicole Gallion finalized her college plans earlier this week as the first baseman signed with Division III Greensboro College.
Coming off a productive 2018 campaign for the Lady Titans and on the showcase circuit, Gallion verbally committed to Greensboro back in the late spring and stuck with that decision, officially inking her letter of intent on Monday.
She was an All-Northwestern 3A/4A Conference and NCSCA All-District selection. Gallion had a .392 batting average, compiling 20 hits, 19 RBIs and 11 runs scored. Gallion provided good depth in the lineup a year ago and hopes to continue that again in 2019.
“Nicole is a low-key type of player,” said Lady Titans head coach Catriona Young. “She gets up there and produces and does what she needs to do. Her ability to hit the ball may surprise some people, she gets to the plate and you don’t think that she will be one to produce with a lot of power but Nicole has always supplied us with a good bat. And she’s very good with the glove at first base. Greensboro is getting a good talent on the corner infield.”
The campus setting inside of the city of Greensboro along with the close proximity to other smaller colleges is one of the appealing factors that Gallion cited in her commitment.
“I wanted to experience being in a bigger city and the college experience to go with it and Greensboro really fits that mold,” Gallion said. “There are four or five other smaller schools nearby, so it will be fun to interact with everyone. The coaching staff at the end of the last year began to follow me and the coach appeared on a couple occasions.”
While still undecided on her academic track, Gallion is leaning toward a focus on Biology or Psychology. She currently holds a 4.1 grade point average at McDowell.
The Greensboro College Pride, coached by Teresa Fister, was 16-22 overall a year ago and finished in seventh place in the Eastern Division of the USA South Conference.