HURRICANE, W.Va. - Addie Fullen is still reaping positive benefits from a play the Hurricane High School left fielder made in May.
Fullen's outfield assist that pegged Jefferson baserunner Lauren Lewis at home plate with the Redskins clinging to a 1-0 lead in the Class AAA State Tournament winner's bracket final got the attention of Fairmont State softball coach Rick Wade.
The play helped vault Hurricane into the Class AAA championship game, where the Redskins claimed their first state title by beating Wheeling Park. It was also the season highlight for Fullen, who was named to the Class AAA All-State team as a junior.
It also set the final stages of her college recruitment in motion.
"That was actually the play, or one of the plays, that made Fairmont State take notice," Fullen said Wednesday as she finalized plans to play for the Falcons in 2015.
"They came automatically over to my dad and were like, 'Please write down your number because we want to get in contact with her,' " Fullen said.
Fullen hit .425 as a junior, with two home runs, 17 doubles, two triples and 42 RBI.
With the 2014 softball season still three months from starting, Hurricane has already placed two of its key players into college programs. Junior second baseman Madi Casto gave a verbal commitment to Division 1 Campbell University of the Big South Conference just two weeks ago.
"I went down for a visit and it just felt like home," Casto said of the Campbell campus in Buies Creek, N.C. "It was a pretty easy decision to make. I'm glad to get it out of the way because this way we can focus more on our season without worrying about college."