Nov. 14, 2011
ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio Softball recently put the finishing touches on another strong recruiting class, announcing the signings of Amanda Dalton, Savannah Jo Dorsey and Sloan Walker on Monday. Known for being leaders on and off the field during their high school careers, these three student-athletes will add depth to a program which recently claimed the 2011 Mid-American Conference East Division championship.
"Bobcat Softball is proud and privileged to announce the official commitments of these three talents," said Head Coach Jodi Hermanek. "Amanda, Savannah, and Sloan come from competitive gold travel ball programs, experiencing the strongest softball play that our game has to offer to prepare them for the collegiate level. Our coaching staff is confident that these three ladies will continue the valued academic and athletic traditions of Ohio University and Bobcat Softball."
Amanda Dalton comes to the Bobcats as a versatile player from Salem, Virginia who has spent time both as an infielder during the 2009 season and a catcher during the 2010 and 2011 campaigns. While her position on the field may have changed during her impressive high school career, her incredible hitting did not. Dalton has hit over .430 in all three of her high school seasons to date, batting .467 in 2009, .453 in 2010 and .437 in 2011. Each season, she achieved the highest batting average on her team.
Dalton is a three-time First Team All-District Honoree and a three-time First Team All-Region IV Honoree. She was an Honorable Mention on the All-State Team in 2009 and picked up All-Timesland honors from The Roanoke Times in 2010. In addition to her success on the softball diamond, Dalton is a three-year member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Spanish Club. She also volunteers her time to be a part of the DECA Leadership Conference.
"I knew Ohio was the school for me when I came for my first unofficial visit and I felt how warm-hearted and welcoming the coaches and players were," Dalton said. "The coaches not only care about me as a player, but as a person as well. The campus is gorgeous and the College of Business has everything I want to earn my degree."
"Amanda Daton possesses a ton of speed and athleticism," said Hermanek. "Defensively she can contribute in all fields, but the Bobcats look for her to take reign in the middle of the infield. Offensively, she will complement our lineup with her speed and put pressure on the opponent's defense."
Savannah Jo Dorsey
A very intelligent student-athlete who has earned a 4.3 grade-point-average at Central Crossing High School in Grove City, Ohio, Savannah Jo Dorsey is an experienced pitcher with over 489 innings of experience. During her freshman season, Dorsey pitched 160 innings, registering 231 strikeouts (1.4 per inning) and an earned-run-average of 1.00. She proved to be a very reliable fielder that season as well, successfully earning put-outs on all 40 of her fielding opportunities. In addition to being named Second Team All-District and All-Conference, Dorsey was named to the school Honor Roll and the Top 25 Academic Class for her merits in the classroom during her freshman year.
Dorsey's career only got better from there. During her sophomore season, she pitched 161 innings, picking up 249 strikeouts (1.5 per inning) while posting an incredible ERA of 0.78. Her fielding continued to be quite strong as well, as she successfully fielded 53 of 54 opportunities that came her way. This sophomore season was when Dorsey made herself known offensively, as well, batting .342 with four home runs, 22 RBI and a .579 slugging percentage. During this campaign she was named All-State Honorable Mention, First Team All-District and First Team All-Conference, Third Team All-Metro Area and an OHSAA Honoree for Leadership.
During her junior season, Savannah was named First Team All-State, First team All-District Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, OCC Conference Player of the Year and to the Columbus Dispatch's First-Team All-Metro Area. She led her team to a 25-3 mark (best in school history) en route to OCC and regional titles. During this season, Dorsey pitched 168 innings, striking out 289 batters to register an ERA of 0.91. She pitched nine shutouts during the season, including two no-hitters and one game with 18 strikeouts. Dorsey also improved offensively during her junior season, hitting .386 with three home runs. Savannah's junior year was also a successful academic one too, as she earned a spot in the National Honor Society.
"Savannah Jo Dorsey is a workhorse in the circle," Hermanek said. "She is an athletic pitcher who has a complete arsenal of pitches. The experience playing for Bill Conroy and the Beverly Bandits (Ill.) will truly prepare her for her time in the Green and White."
Boasting the experience of playing on very successful teams at Tomball High School, Sloan Walker will nicely contribute to the winning mentality of Ohio Softball. Her junior team posted a very impressive 34-6 record, going 14-0 in league play en route to being named the fourth-best team in the state of Texas as well as the 24th-best team in the nation.
Walker played on teams that qualified for ASA Nationals during six of her last seven softball seasons. In 2010, she finished with a top ten on-base-percentage of Premier Gold National players and was named a First Team All-District outfielder. She was very successful at the plate that season, batting .571 and boasting an on-base-percentage of .625. At the 2010 High School 5A State Tournament, Walker was named to the All-State Tournament Team.
In addition to her many athletic accomplishments, Walker was on her high school's honor roll several times and made a regular habit of volunteering her time at local shelters for abandoned animals. Sloan chose Ohio University for a number of reasons, with the goal-oriented structure fostered by the coaching staff that helps student-athletes achieve their goals of graduating in four years being one of them.
"Sloan Walker is a consistent and steady outfielder who will make that simple play in the huge moment of the game," Hermanek said. She's smart; she knows the game and plays it hard. Offensively, Sloan is a lefty slapper who works hard to be versatile between small-ball and power."
"These young ladies come from families who live and love the game as hard as they do, and that support is special to our Bobcat family," Hermanek added.
Ohio Softball will open its 2012 season at the USC Upstate Classic on Feb. 10. During the three-day tournament, the Bobcats will face off against St. Bonaventure, Western Carolina, Detroit and host USC Upstate.