Softballers pick up trio of newcomers
Francis Marion University softball coach Stacey Vallee has announced the addition of three players to the 2021 Patriot roster: 5-6 middle infielder Chase Booker of Zephyrhills, Fla., 5-5 middle infielder and outfielder Sarah Hilton of Thomasville, N.C., and 5-10 outfielder Hannah Schmidt of Olathe, Kan. All three have spent the past two years at junior colleges.
Booker spent last year at Pasco-Hernando State College, where she batted .313 with four doubles, three RBIs, and eight runs scored during the abbreviated 2020 season.
Hilton played each of the past two seasons at Louisburg College in North Carolina. In 2020, she hit .432 with eight extra-base hits, 22 RBIs, and a .527 on-base percentage. That followed a 2019 campaign that saw her earn second-team All-America recognition while leading the Hurricanes to a 38-11 record.
Schmidt is a transfer from Highland Community College, where she played two seasons. As a freshman, Schmidt hit .361 with six doubles, four home runs, 28 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases in 12 attempts.