CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The 2013-2014 season has already been a banner year for girls sports at Sissonville and could get bigger.
The soccer team won the Class AA/A state championship in the fall, and the girls basketball team sports a 7-2 record, is ranked fifth in the Associated Press Class AA poll and has two wins by 70 points each.
The Indians have another item to add to that already impressive resume - sophomore Alexee Haynes recently committed to play softball at the University of Pittsburgh.
"It kind of takes your breath away," said Haynes, who had already secured offers from Radford, Furman, and Northern Illinois before making the call early in her prep career to play for the Panthers.
"It is extra exciting to know you have everything in place and your life is pretty much set for you," Haynes said.
An All-State selection as a freshman, Haynes was named the Kanawha Valley Rookie of the Year by the Daily Mail sports staff in 2013. She hit .494 with 15 doubles, two triples, six home runs and 31 RBI. She was 8-3 as a pitcher who split starts with current West Virginia State University freshman pitcher Bekah Baldwin.
Pitt will play its inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference this year after breaking away from the Big East. The Panthers went 19-29 and 8-14 in conference play in their final season in their former league.
Haynes' commitment ups the ante for the program after former Sissonville softball standouts Baldwin and Dee Dee Loftis each chose to play at West Virginia State, which won the 2013 West Virginia Conference championship.
"It's great to see with Dee Dee and Bekah going to (W.Va. State) in back to back years and doing great, and now Alexee with Pitt," Sissonville softball coach Niki Gross said. "I am loving it.