GREENSBORO – North Carolina A&T softball coach Kenya Peters continues to construct the Aggies program as the final three players who were at N.C. A&T when she arrived three seasons ago, Alejandra Barcenas, Kimberly Brunson and Janika May, will graduate after the 2016 season.
In preparation, Peters signed four players during the early signing period which include two outfielders, a catcher and a shortstop.
Alyssa Green (5-8, OF, Holly Springs, N.C., Holly Springs HS), Kelsey Peedin (5-3, C, Princeton, N.C., Princeton HS), Marcy Jiles (5-9, OF, South Prince George, Va., Prince George HS) and Stephanie Williams (5-8, SS, Bunn, N.C., Bunn HS) make up the early class for Peters.
“This group is athletic and will have some big shoes to fill with the seniors we are graduating,” said Peters. “But I am confident this group can handle it. We are excited about this class and looking forward to their careers here at A&T.”
Green enters her senior season at Holly Springs High School as a three-year letterman. Green has never hit lower than .476 for her high school career, and earned the Lady Hawk Award for Character and Leadership her junior season. She is also a three-time academic all-conference member. As a travel ball player, she is a five-time MVP and has six home runs over the past three years. She bats right and throws right.
Peedin will enter collegiate play competing for playing time at the catcher position. She enters her senior season as a three-time All-Carolina Conference performer. She was also a recipient of the Coach’s Award.
Jiles is the second outfielder to sign with the 2016-17 class. Jiles is the only out-of-state recruit in the class. She batted .300 as a junior at Prince George High School and .333 for her travel ball team. She was a two-year starter and led her team to regionals two consecutive years.
Williams could be the replacement for Barcenas, the Aggies shortstop the past three seasons. Williams started as the varsity catcher her freshman season at Bunn High School. She led Bunn in stolen bases as a sophomore and earned all-conference recognition. She received all-conference honors again her junior season. She was awarded the Golden Glove award for her defense and she led the team in batting (.528).
The 2016 Aggies open their season on in the annual North Carolina A&T Aggie Invitational February 12-14. They open with Coppin State on Feb. 12 at 3:30 p.m., at the Lady Aggies Softball Complex. Rider and Maryland Eastern Shore are also a part of the invitational.