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Softball - Wed, Dec. 16, 2015

Georgetown College softball coach Thomas Thornton has been working the recruiting trail all summer and fall. The fruits of his labor producing six early-signees from Kentucky with a wide range of skills and assets.

"Part of what I look at with every player is versatility," Thornton said. "As we build a team here sometimes it can be more of putting the puzzle pieces together in the right order and from season-to-season players might be shifted around due to graduation of key players. We've also dealt with injury-plagued years that have been more successful than maybe appeared should have been all due to the ability of my players to do so many things well."

The 2016 class consists of three utility players, a corner infielder, an outfielder and a pitcher – Emily Frakes, Audrey Dodd, Abigail James, Hannah Howes and Cynthia Chaney have already signed with Sydney Wright set to sign in January. Along with these six, Thornton will look to add several more to round out this class.

Frakes is a signee from Madison Central High School. She is a first and third baseman that has great hitting ability. In two seasons of varsity action, Frakes is hitting .409 with 41 RBIs and 28 multi-base hits. She has a .933 fielding percentage with just 10 errors in 65 varsity games.

Dodd, the MVP of the 2015 KHSAA State Tournament, comes to Georgetown as a pitcher from McCracken County. She is 81-18 all-time with a 1.386 ERA since the seventh grade. In five seasons, she's amassed 807 strikeouts – 171 in her junior year. She is a three-time all-state, all-region and all-district honoree. Dodd has allowed 134 earned runs, but just 28 in the past two seasons.

James is a utility player from East Jessamine High School. She helped the Jaguars to a regional title this past year from the catcher position. As a junior, James hit .275 with 28 hits, six doubles and a homerun, and 15 walks.

Howes is an outfielder for Christian Academy of Louisville. She hit .382 this past year for the varsity team with 21 hits in 59 at-bats and five extra base hits.

Chaney is a utility player from Franklin-Simpson. As a junior, Chaney hit .302 with a .361 on base percentage. She had 28 hits and 18 RBIs. Defensively, she had a .906 fielding percentage.

Wright is a utility player from Shelby County. The past two seasons she has hit above .400 for the Rockets. She had nine extra base hits in 2015 with three triples and a home run.

 
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