County quartet putting up the numbers at UC

By Paul Adkins padkins@civitasmedia.com

April 30, 2014

Logan County’s three high schools have been known over the years for producing fine softball players.

Many have gone on to play collegiately and even in the pros, counting former Chapmanville and Harts pitcher Andi Williamson’s recent stint with the National Professional Fastpitch league’s Chicago Bandits and with a team in the Japanese professional softball league this spring.

All you have to do is head up north on Corridor G to Charleston to find out for yourself.

The University of Charleston features four former county softball players on the UC women’s team. A total of eight former county athletes are playing for the UC men’s baseball team.

All are putting up impressive numbers this season.

Former Logan High School shortstop and Charleston freshman Rachelle Toppings currently leads the Golden Eagles in batting average with a .408 clip heading into this week. Toppings has started 19 games and has appeared in 33 total as she is 31-for-76 at the plate with seven RBI and a double.

On the mound, UC freshman and Logan product Morgan Aguirre leads the team with a 2.14 ERA. She has a 14-9 record and has three saves. Aguirre has logged 134.1 innings of work and has allowed 41 earned runs with a team-high 158 strikeouts and only 36 walks. Opponents have just a .220 batting average against her.

Sophomore infielder Jenna Evans, a Chapmanville Regional High School product, is also having a fine season with the Golden Eagles as she is batting .329 — third-best on the team. Evans has 14 RBI and seven doubles and is 47-for-143 at the plate. She has started all 49 games. She also has 15 stolen bases.

Evans’ twin sister, Allison, another ex-Lady Tiger, has a .247 batting average with six RBI and 18 total hits in 25 games played.

The UC softball team currently stands at 33-17 overall and 17-11 in its first season in the Mountain East Conference.

The Golden Eagles are riding a four-game winning streak. UC swept Concord, 4-3 and 3-2 on Saturday at home. Charleston also swept UVA-Wise, 6-5 and 5-0 last Friday at home in a MEC doubleheader.

UC has won six out of its last eight games as well, splitting twinbills recently with Wheeling Jesuit and West Virginia State.

Charleston is scheduled to play in the MEC Tournament on Thursday in Salem, Va., against the winner of the game between Urbana (Ohio) and West Liberty. Game time is set for 5 p.m.

UC’s women were ranked earlier in the season No. 8 in the NCAA Division II’s Atlantic Region.