From scared to scholarship, Adkins signs with A-B
SPRING VALLEY — When she was a freshman, Spring Valley High School softball player Bailey Adkins didn’t appear to be much of a college prospect.
“It was scary,” Adkins said of facing high school hitters as a ninth-grade pitcher.
Adkins isn’t afraid, now, and used her confidence to help land a scholarship to play at Alderson-Broaddus University in Philippi, West Virginia. Adkins signed her letter of intent Thursday in front of family, friends and teammates in the SVHS auditorium.
“She came in as this scared little freshman expected to throw a lot of innings,” Timberwolves coach Allison Hatfield said. “She used to cry and get rattled, but she learned you have to suck it up.”
Hatfield said Adkins worked diligently to make herself a better player. Now, batters fear her.
“Bailey has worked extremely hard and improved drastically from her freshman to her sophomore year,” Hatfield said. “She has put in the work and taken lesson after lesson. I’m glad to see it pay off for her.”
Adkins, who plans to major in elementary education, said she chose Alderson-Broaddus over fellow NCAA Division II schools West Virginia Wesleyan and Fairmont State.
“I know some of the girls on the team and it’s a great fit,” Adkins said.
The standout right-hander went 6-5 as a freshman, 22-5 as a sophomore and 8-6 as a junior. She said signing relieves the pressure of the recruiting process and will allow her to better enjoy her senior season.
Hatfield said she couldn’t emphasize enough how hard Adkins worked to earn a scholarship.
“She puts in extra time, extra work,” Hatfield said. “She’s really matured and if something’s not working, she’s going to fix it. She’s become a leader, no longer a follower. Bailey has set the bar for others to reach.”