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Bradford High pitcher Adkins signs with Indian River

Bradford High School senior Ashton Adkins signs her letter of intent to play softball at Indian River State College. She is seated between her parents, Serena and Clay Adkins.

Bradford High School senior Ashton Adkins signs her letter of intent to play softball at Indian River State College. She is seated between her parents, Serena and Clay Adkins.


BY CLIFF SMELLEY

Staff Writer

Bradford High School softball pitcher Ashton Adkins signed a letter of intent to play at Fort Pierce’s Indian River State College during a Feb. 7 ceremony at the BHS media center.

Adkins hinted at a bit of nervousness, saying she wasn’t sure if she was ready to take that next step after high school, but at the same time, she’s also looking forward to it. She described the opportunity as “amazing.”

“I’m excited to go down there and start a new chapter in my life,” she said.

It fulfills a lifelong dream Adkins has had ever since she began playing T-ball.

“I always knew I wanted to play collegiate softball,” she said.

Bradford head coach Daniel Davis said it’s a good opportunity for Adkins. He said Indian River has a solid reputation statewide and nationally for its program, which is good at moving players on into four-year schools after two years.

Plus, Davis said the school and Adkins should mesh well.

“It’s really a good fit because they’re known as a blue-collar, hard-working team,” Davis said. “That’s exactly what she is—an extremely hard worker who’s dedicated to softball and her academics. I think it’s the perfect fit for her.”

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