Thursday, February 7, 2008
Bolden signs with Wallace
By BARRY BURLESON
Mandy Bolden is taking her softball skills to the next level.
The Marshall Academy senior signed a fast-pitch scholarship last week with Wallace State Community College in Hanceville, Ala.
“She came and worked out with us a few weeks ago and we saw what she could do,” said Jayne Clem, head coach of the Lady Lions. “She can fly, and she’s really got a strong arm.”
She said Bolden, who starred at shortstop for MA, will likely play in the outfield at Wallace State because of her speed.
The Lady Lions finished seventh in the nation last year with a record of 64-11. They won state, region and district championships.
Bolden helped lead coach Susan Rodger’s Marshall Lady Patriots to a Class AA state championship last season in the Mississippi Private School Association. They finished 28-13.
She was the most valuable player in the district and played in the MPSA all-star game. She was also selected to the state all-tournament team.
During her senior season, Bolden stole 48 bases in 50 tries (96 percent). She had a .413 batting average, a .541 slugging percentage, a .646 on-base percentage, and an .834 fielding average.
She is the daughter of Daniel and Katrina Bolden.
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