Rio Grande Sports Information
MILFORD, Ohio – University of Rio Grande head softball coach Kristen Bradshaw has announced the signing of Milford High School's Katie Noll for the 2014 season.
Noll, a 5-foot-7 pitcher/first baseman, helped the Eagles of coaches Christy and Tim Gregory to a 16-13 finish this season after a 13-3 loss to Mason in the semifinal round of Division I district play.
Noll posted an 11-6 record with a 2.05 earned run average in 20 appearances inside the circle. She also ranked among the Eastern Cincinnati Conference leaders in strikeouts with 90 in 119-2/3 innings pitched.
At the plate, Noll batted .299 and tied for second on the team with 14 runs batted in.
"I'm extremely excited that I've received the opportunity to take my career to the collegiate level and play at Rio Grande," Noll said. "Playing at the college level wasn't always a dream of mine, but when I was given the opportunity, I found myself very excited. I'm sure that Rio was the correct choice."
Noll was named a first team All-ECC selection, while also earning the team Sportsmanship award and All-Academic honors.
She chose to sign with the RedStorm although she also drew recruiting interest from Marietta College, Muskingum University and Mt. Saint Joseph University.
"After meeting coach Bradshaw I wanted to learn more about the university by going on an official visit," said Noll. "After visiting the campus, it felt like a good fit. The people were very welcoming and helpful with any uncertainties I may have had."
Bradshaw said Noll, who also was selected to participate in last week's Southwest Ohio Softball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Games, should provide some immediate depth inside the pitcher's circle.
"Katie is not only a great pitcher, but is also a threat at the plate as well," said Bradshaw. "We're excited to have her in our program. I look for her to contribute immediately this season."
Noll pointed to her work ethic and ability to be a team player as her top attributes.
"I feel like I bring a sense of leadership and the desire to become a better player and help the team improve in any way I can," she said. "My main goal as an athlete at Rio is to focus first on academics. I want to become a better player on and off the field, but I also want to enjoy the opportunity I've been given."
Noll, who will major in Early Childhood Education, is the daughter of Joe and Kris Noll of Loveland.