High school softball: Black Eagles star Burdette commits to Elon
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Elon University has added a second Kanawha Valley Player of the Year to its ranks in less than a week.
South Charleston senior pitcher Alli Burdette said Monday that she has verbally committed to play softball for the Phoenix beginning in 2014.
"Elon has exceptional academic and athletic programs. I visited other schools and entertained other offers, but kept being drawn back to Elon," Burdette wrote in an email Monday.
"Their softball program offers great coaching and a beautiful campus and facilities. I think I'm a good fit for their program, and it feels right for me."
Burdette was the Daily Mail's Kanawha Valley Player of the Year in 2012 following a standout season in the circle for the Black Eagles, who fell to Logan in the Class AAA Region 3, Section 1 championship.
The 2012 Kanawha Valley Player of the Year in boys basketball, George Washington senior guard Luke Eddy, committed to the Phoenix basketball program last week.
In an All-State junior season, Burdette was 12-8 with a 0.78 ERA for the light-hitting Black Eagles. She led the state with 256 strikeouts in 126 innings.
Burdette led SC in hitting with a .397 average, and was one of just two Black Eagles who hit .350 or better. She finished the year with 12 doubles, four home runs and 20 RBI.
Elon finished the 2012 season with a 24-27 record, and was 9-15 in the Southern Conference while being led by interim coach Kathy Bocock.
Bocock was promoted to head coach following the season, and has been on the Phoenix coaching staff since 2010. In her first year, Elon won the Southern Conference Tournament, won a school-record 38 games and advanced to NCAA regional play.
Burdette will sign her national letter of intent Nov. 16 at South Charleston High School.