MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- The Auburn University at Montgomery softball team and head coach Chris Steiner-Wilcoxson is pleased to announce the signing of catcher Leslie Kelly for the 2013 season.
Kelly, a two-year starter at Central Alabama Community College for head coach Greg Shivers, joins Kayla Hale (Montgomery, Ala./Trinity Presbyterian HS) and Lauren Shaw (Cumming, Ga./North Forsyth HS) as newcomers to the Warhawks.
"Leslie has tremendous power and will be an immediate force in our line-up," said Steiner-Wilcoxson. "She has spent the last two seasons at Central Alabama Community College and was an intricate part of its World Series team in 2011. In addition to her plate presence, she will also be an asset behind the plate and to our pitching staff."
A native of Smiths, Ala., Kelly appeared in 86 games during her two seasons with the Trojans, hitting .367, with 20 home runs and 69 runs batted in. She added nine doubles and 59 runs scored, while slugging .654. Defensively, she committed just two errors in 447 chances. Kelly was selected to the Alabama Community College Conference Central League First-Team each season.
Last season, Kelley led CACC with a .397 batting average and a .724 slugging percentage. She launched a team-best 11 home runs and finished tied for second in RBIs with 33.
In addition to individual success, Kelly helped the Trojans to 76 victories during her two years, including a 47-7 mark as a freshman. During the 2011 season, Central Alabama captured the ACCC State Championship and Kelly was named to the All-Tournament team following the conference tournament.
Prior to joining CACC, Kelly excelled at Glenwood School in Smiths Station, Ala., where she helped the Gators to the 2010 Alabama Independent School Association's 3A State Championship. As a senior, she earned First-Team All-State honors from the Alabama Sportswriters Association, All-Bi-City accolades from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer and All-Area honors from the Opelika-Auburn News. She also earned all-state honors as a junior.
In the classroom, Kelly was also successful, being named to the National Honor Roll all four years and to the National Society of High School Scholars for three years. She was selected to the National Honor Society in 2009 and the National Spanish Honor Society in 2010.
The daughter of Jim and Lisa Kelly, she hopes to join the nursing program at AUM.