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Pelham off to Malone

Logan Greszler • May 3, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Norwalk senior Courtney Pelham is taking things to the next level.

The four-year starter signed her letter of intent to play softball at Malone University next season.

But for Pelham, it’s not just about sports.

“They have a really good social work program and that’s what I’m going for, softball was just a bonus,” she said.

Pelham has not only been a four-year starter, but has been the lead-off hitter in each of those seasons.

“They’re softball program isn’t the best, but it’s getting better, so I’m hoping to help out over there,” Pelham said of Malone. “Batting is what I’m known for so hopefully they can use that.”

This year, the slugger is batting .492 with 31 hits, 22 runs scored, 17 stolen bases and has driven in 10 runs.

On defense, Pelham secures right field.

“She brings the fire,” Lady Trucker coach Callie Baker said. “She’s been my lead-off batter since her freshman year and has played in 75 softball games for me. She has bat close to .500 for four years now. She brings the speed, puts pressure on people and cheer to the dugout. She’s also a mentor to some of the younger girls. Courtney just brings a lot to the program.

“I think Malone is going to be great. Courtney has a huge heart and wants to go into clinical social work and I think that’s going to be a really good fit because her academics are also a strong suit for her and that is an academic school,” Baker added.

Malone University is a Div. II  Christian school located in Canton.

“The best memories I have at Norwalk are being state-ranked and being able to play with the girls I’ve been playing with since I was eight. It’s been awesome,” Pelham said.

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