Moody signs to play softball at Saint Mary's
FARMERSBURG — The 2019 North Central High School softball team had its third player sign to go on to play at the next level.
On Thursday afternoon, senior outfielder Kaelee Moody signed a letter-of-intent with Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
She joins teammates Madison Schofield (Danville Area Community College) and Morgan Manning (Lincoln Trail College).
“St. Mary’s is getting a heck of a softball player,” said North Central softball coach Erica Arnold. “She has played center field for us and has been our No. 2 hitter.”
St. Mary’s assistant coach Joshua Wood, who just led the Lady Pomeroys to a national championship, said that Moody will have a chance to play right away.
“We are losing two senior outfielders,” he said. “She will have the opportunity to compete for one of those two spots.
“Any time you can add a good athlete it is going to help your program. Kaelee is the sixth recruit that we have signed. She will be part of a roster of 16 or 17 girls.”
Moody, a three-year starter, finished her career at NCHS with a .367 average, 117 hits, 79 RBIs, 90 runs and a .885 fielding percentage.
“Danville wanted me to sign with them,” said Moody, who as a junior contributed 49 hits, .462 batting average, 26 runs scored and 29 RBIs for the Class A state runner-up Ladybirds. “After that, I realized that I had a chance to go to college and play softball.
“I wanted to have a chance to go to a four-year school, if possible. St. Mary’s was interested and even came to one of my games. I went for a visit and just loved it. I knew it was the place for me.”
Moody, the daughter of Todd and Michaela Moody, said she plans on majoring in nursing.
“I told her to have fun,” said Arnold. “But the biggest adjustment to playing in college is time management.
“But Kaelee is a good student (3.5 GPA) and should not have much trouble adjusting to the competition at St.Mary’s.”
In her first season on varsity as a sophomore, Moody had a .361 batting average with 35 hits, 24 RBIs and 32 runs.
This year, Moody had 26 hits, including six doubles, and batted .342. Moody also finished with 16 runs, 12 RBIs and seven stolen bases to go with a career-best a .922 fielding percentage.
“It is always rewarding to see players have the chance to go on and get an education and play ball as well,” said Wood. “We are very happy to have a student-athlete the caliber of Kaelee coming to St. Mary’s.”
Photo by B.J. HARGIS: North Central senior, Kaelee Moody, front, center, is all smiles after signing a letter-of-intent to play softball at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. She is surrounded by her parents Todd and Michaela Moody. Back, from left, are North Central assistant coaches Mark Drake, Ron Miller and Kyle Arnold: North Central head coach Erica Arnold and St. Mary’s assistant coach Joshua Wood.