Softball signs South Point's Brown


Family and coaches join South Point High's Kaitlyn
Brown after signing to play softball at Rio Grande.

Rio Grande Sports Information

SOUTH POINT, Ohio  University of Rio Grande head softball coach Kristen Bradshaw has announced the signing of South Point High School senior Kaitlyn Brown for the 2015 season.

Brown, a 5-foot-8 pitcher, was a first team All-Ohio Valley Conference and first team All-Southeast District selection as a junior for head coach Tanner Heaberlin's Pointers, who finished 18-4 after a loss to Jackson in the quarterfinal round of the Division II district tournament.

She also was an Honorable Mention All-OVC pick during both her freshman and sophomore campaigns.

"I'm ecstatic," Brown said, when asked to describe her feelings about signing with the RedStorm. "I've always dreamed of playing college softball. I think that getting the opportunity to further my playing career shows how much heart, dedication and hard work I've done to get to this point."

Brown won 15 games as a junior, striking out 121 batters and walking just 19 in 118 innings inside the circle. She finished with a 1.74 earned run average.

At the plate, Brown batted .256 with one home run, one triple, a double and 12 runs batted in. She also had a .448 on-base percentage, a .418 slugging percentage and scored 13 runs.

For her career, Brown has amassed 268 strikeouts and just 49 walks in 348 innings in the circle.

"Playing college softball has been a dream of mine since I first started playing softball at the age of seven," she said.

Bradshaw got an up-close look at Brown while recruiting earlier this summer.

"Kaitlyn is a hard worker," Bradshaw said. "I watched her a lot this summer playing for the KC Diamonds and she's a competitor. She's a pitcher, but I feel she'll be a positive for us on the field where ever we may need her. We're excited about Kaitlyn becoming a RedStorm softball player and looking forward to getting her on campus next fall."

Brown, who is still trying to decide on whether she'll study to be an ultrasound tech or major in criminal justice, chose to sign with the RedStorm after also receiving interest from Marietta College and Kentucky Christian University.

"What led me to signing with Rio was, not only the awesome softball team, but the fact that your professors are there to help you one-on-one and you're not stuck alone in a huge class," she said.

Brown added that she feels like she can bring a level of fun and excitement to the team.

"I always have room for improvement in all the areas I play on the field. I feel there's always someone out there who's better than me, which makes me work harder," said Brown. "My ultimate goal as an athlete at Rio is to be the best I can be and to soak up all the knowledge that I can carry with me. I just want to work hard to be the best student-athlete I can be."

Brown is the daughter of Angie Black and Kevin Brown of South Point.