MINT HILL, NC – The first ever Mint Hill American Legion Lady’s Fastpitch Softball Team has been selected by the coaches Amanda Jardina, Independence varsity softball coach, and Melissa Williams, assistant coach.
The young talented group of athletes come from various high schools in the area. This includes Independence, Butler, Charlotte Country Day, Covenant Day, and Queen’s Grant. A few ladies already have softball scholarships to college such as Mallory Shaver, heading this fall to the University of South Carolina, Aiken, and Mackenzie Grant who will attend Johnson C. Smith University. While many of the younger players have a great opportunity to earn college scholarships. All the athletes have played for highly competitive travel teams in the surrounding area.
The Mint Hill Fury, sponsored by Mint Hill American Legion Post 555, “Triple Nickel” will face the best competition in their district, which includes, Gaston County, Kannapolis, Rowan County, and Union County.
The team roster in alphabetical order includes Oliva Baker, Emma Bosquet, De’ Maya Brown, Ciara Farrar, Elizabeth Garbark, Mackenzie Grant, Jamie Hearn, Taylor Houseton, Rachael Lewis, Kimber Mulkey, Kayla Purdy, Mallory Shaver, Abigail Sawyers, Mackenzie Strickland, Midori Walkup, Ava Williams, and Mikenna Williams.
All Mint Hill, Matthews, and surrounding area residents are invited to attend and watch some exciting fastpitch softball. The teams home games will be played at Mint Hill Athletic Association, field #1, with most games starting at 6:00 pm, and a select few at 6:30 pm. Tuesday, June 8th is the home opener at 6:30 pm vs. Gaston.
The team split their away opener with Union County winning game one 12-2 showing a lot of power, good speed, and solid defense, along with an excellent pitching performance from Taylor Houseton. They lost the nightcap 2-1 in a pitching duel, with an another outstanding performance on the mound by Jamie Hearn in a heartbreaker.