After helping the Centreville High School softball team claim a Michigan High School Athletic Association Division 4 state championship in June, Emma Russell is rolling up her sleeves as part of a rebuilding effort at Glen Oaks Community College.
Russell signed a National Letter of Intent with the Vikings earlier this week, much to the delight of interim head coach and athletic director Courtney Ivan.
“I am very excited to have Emma on the team,” Ivan said. “She will give us a different look from the pitcher’s circle and has the ability to play the field as well. Beyond her softball skills, she is a high character individual and I think she will do great things on and off the field here at the Oaks.”
Russell and the Bulldogs finished the 2018 campaign with a 36-6 record and a 5-2 victory over Coleman in the finals at Michigan State University on June 16. Centreville also won the inaugural Southwest 10 Conference championship.
At the plate, Russell hit for an average of .298 with 28 hits. She registered four doubles, a pair of triples, one homerun and 32 RBI. She had a 12-1 record in the circle with a 1.596 ERA. Russell struck out 46 batters and walked only three in her final prep season. Defensively, Russell boasted a .929 fielding percentage with 81 putouts.
Anyone interested in looking to join the team should contact Coach Ivan at 269-294-4213.
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