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East Wake’s Annabeth Watkins to play for Belmont Abbey College softball

East Wake’s Annabeth Watkins signs with Belmont Abbey College softball in the presence of her parents (seated) Chris and Angela Watkins, and (standing, from left) pitching coach Kim Vardy, N.C. Challengers travel team coach Adam Renzi, sister Avery Watkins and East Wake softball coach Melissa Bell.
East Wake’s Annabeth Watkins signs with Belmont Abbey College softball in the presence of her parents (seated) Chris and Angela Watkins, and (standing, from left) pitching coach Kim Vardy, N.C. Challengers travel team coach Adam Renzi, sister Avery Watkins and East Wake softball coach Melissa Bell. amoody@newsobserver.com

High School: East Wake

Position: Pitcher

Also Considered: Chowan University

Why Belmont Abbey? A good first impression by the Crusaders coaches played a role in Annabeth’s college pick. “They are genuinely interested in the success of their players on the field and in life,” she said. “They’re just a big family, which really makes it feel more like home. Then when I saw the campus – it is basically a castle! I consider myself to be a princess, so it only made sense that I go to school there.”

Most Memorable: Her fondest of times at East Wake, so far anyway, are taking “little adventures” before games in the towns the Warriors visited for playoff games her freshman season. “We went to the beach and parks before the games,” she said. “It was fun to just hang out with the team and have the time to relax before the big games.”

Notable: Annabeth is a three-year All-Academic list maker and was named All-Greater Neuse River 4A Conference her sophomore and junior seasons. She was also an All-District selection and Warrior Heart Award recipient her junior season.

East Wake coach Melissa Bell: “Annabeth will excel at Belmont Abbey College offensively and as a pitcher. She has spent many years diligently perfecting various pitches and has become an accurate, strategic pitcher. She is an all-around coachable player and a leader on the field. I look forward to hearing about her achievements on and off the field in college.”

Compiled by Aaron Moody.

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