Evans High School’s softball team will be losing a multifaceted player in Savanna Gladue when the senior leaves for Armstrong Atlantic University next fall.
At a ceremony with Savanna’s friends and family at Evans on Thursday, the 17-year-old signed a letter of intent to play at the college in Savannah, Ga.
Joining the Evans team as an outfielder her freshman year, Savanna filled a void in a new role as a sophomore.
“We needed to find a third baseman, and she filled it for three years,” said Lady Knights coach Colette Cassedy said. “She’s a very versatile player.”
Savanna said she was drawn to Armstrong Atlantic because she liked the campus and could pursue a nursing degree while playing softball.
“A lot of schools won’t allow you to,” said Savanna, who hopes to become a nurse anesthetist.
Armstrong Atlantic will bring Savanna on board as a utility player. She’ll play mostly middle infield and outfield, she said.
During her senior year, Savanna hit for a .353 batting average and scored 36 runs. A lead-off batter, she also stole 10 bases in as many attempts.
Savanna’s speed, along with her bat control, versatility and defensive play, will make her successful at the collegiate level, Cassedy said.
“Shes a smart ball player,” she said.
Having played travel ball since she was 8 years old, Savanna said she’s always loved the sport and aspired to play in college.
“My parents didn’t have to push me to do it,” she said. “It was always something I wanted to do.”
At 5 feet 2 inches, Savanna has been affectionately called “Bit” by her coach and teammates since she was a freshman.
Savanna said what she’ll miss most is the team’s tight-knit bond.
“My teammates this year were fantastic,” she said. “I wouldn’t replace it for anything.
“This year was really great.”