TENNERTON – One of the most prolific power hitters in the history of Buckhannon-Upshur softball signed her letter of intent on Wednesday as infielder Alli Robinson made her decision to continue her athletic career at West Virginia Wesleyan College.
Robinson was the Big 10 Conference Player of the Year last spring and was captain of the All-State Second Team.
Last season she hit an amazing .567 during the season in 23 games. She also had a team-high nine home runs and 39 RBI’s.
She added 14 doubles and three triples. In 72 plate appearances she struck out just six times.
“Playing at the next level is something I have always dreamed about,” said Robinson. “It’s something I have looked forward to my entire life. I am excited to finally have signed so I can continue that goal.”
Robinson is the career leader at Buckhannon-Upshur in home runs (9), slugging percentage (.840) and on-base percentage (1.363).
She has the single-season records at B-U in runs-batted-in (39), home runs (9), slugging percentage (1.350) and on-base percentage (1.975) – all set last year.
She is second in career batting average behind Julie Tenney with a .567 average.
Robinson will take her game across town to one of the premier coaches and teams at the NCAA Division II level in Steve Warner and the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats.
“Coach Warner was a huge part of the reason why I chose Wesleyan,” Robinson remarked. “I am very excited about the opportunity to play for him.”
Last season the Lady Bobcats compiled a 43-14 record and advanced to the NCAA DII Tournament. Two years ago they finished with an appearance in the NCAA DII World Series finishing third in the nation. At the World Series, Warner won his 1,000 game as head coach of the Lady Bobcats.
Robinson is also excited about staying close to home to continue her athletic career.
“I am very close to my family and friends, so for the opportunity to arise that they could see me play collegiate ball was an important one,” she stated. “I have grown up watching Wesleyan as well so it’s nice to play for what I consider my hometown team.”
Robinson will join her former B-U teammate McKinley Gaudet on the Lady Bobcat roster next fall.
“It is one of our goals to get our athletes to where they want to be and achieve a dream,” remarked Buckhannon-Upshur head softball coach Levi Bender. “This is a really big moment for her and I am very happy for her.
“I have had the privilege of being around Alli since little league. Watching her grow from that into the type of player she is now is amazing. The season that she put together was incredible. She is not only an incredible player but a great person as well. Coach Warner and West Virginia Wesleyan are lucky to get her.”