July 31, 2012
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Softball recruit Amanda Dalton concluded her high school career with three impressive awards, being named Group AA Player of the Year in Virginia, the 2012 All-Region IV Player of the Year and the Roanoke Times 2011-12 Softball Player of the Year.
Dalton started all four years at Salem High School, spending three of them at catcher. She ended her career with an impressive batting average of .450 and also participated in this year's Virginia High School League All-Star Game.
"She's just a remarkable athlete," said Salem head coach Ron Reynolds in an interview with the Salem Times-Register. "She has a great attitude. She'll play wherever you ask her to and do a great job."
Before arriving in Athens in the early fall, Dalton has played summer softball with the 18U Class Action Scrappers Blue club team.
Featured in the Roanoke Times as the 2011-12 Softball Player of the Year, Dalton "...impressed area college and high school coaches with her hitting talents, speed and defensive ability. A catcher who was the Spartans' leadoff batter, Dalton hit .467 with 34 hits, 16 runs scored and three RBI." The full text of piece, wherein she is also referred to as having "mastered the art of slap hitting," can be found by scrolling to page seven of this document.
Dalton and the rest of Head Coach Jodi Hermanek's incoming freshman class will join a Bobcat team which had its most successful offensive output in program history during the 2012 season, scoring a program record 293 runs while belting an impressive 47 home runs. The Bobcats also claimed their 300th Mid-American Conference victory at Central Michigan on April 27.