7 am: 39°FPartly Sunny

9 am: 48°FMostly Sunny

11 am: 62°FMostly Sunny

1 pm: 66°FMostly Sunny

More Weather

Franklin Furnace's Crawford joins Rio Grande softball team

Jun. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Green High School softball player Jenna Crawford from Franklin Furnace, Ohio, signed to play at the University of Rio Grande.

Crawford batted .519 as a senior pitcher, middle infielder and outfielder for the Bobcats. She was a Division IV All-Southeast District and All-Southern Ohio Conference selection.

"It's always been my dream to continue playing softball in college," Crawford said. "Right now, I'm so excited because I get to start this new chapter of life doing something I love and I'm so relieved because I've finally made a decision on which school I will be attending."

Crawford also received a pair of Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Scholar-Athlete awards. She was the Green student body president, a National Honor Society member and the salutatorian of her senior class.

Rio Grande head coach Kristen Bradshaw said Crawford's versatility is a strength.

"Jenna is an athlete that I know is going to give 100 percent at all times," Bradshaw said. "I think I'll be able to put her wherever we need her in the field. She also brings another great bat to our lineup."

Crawford said she is hoping to become a tougher player mentally and lose the tendency to dwell on the bad when adversity strikes.

She wants to provide some heart and hard work ethic for the RedStorm.

"I love to give everything I have on the field and I would hope that kind of attitude spreads throughout my teammates," she said. "I just want to be the best student-athlete I can be by maintaining good grades in school and being successful on the field.

"I want to enjoy life and have fun in college, too, while I have the chance."

Crawford is the daughter of Jay and Kathy Crawford of Franklin Furnace.