After showing off her versatility for four years at Evans High School, Natalie Johnson will now be able to show her talents at the collegiate level.
Tuesday, the Lady Knights’ pitcher signed her letter of intent to play softball for the Southern Wesleyan University (Central, S.C.) Warriors, an NAIA member of the Southern States Athletic Conference.
Johnson played outfield for the Lady Knights her freshman and sophomore seasons and transitioned to first base her junior year and was named a 2013 Second Team All-Region 2-AAAAA infielder.
In 2014, Johnson took to the mound and was the Lady Knights’ top pitcher, finishing with a 14-10 record while receiving Second Team All-Region 2-AAAAA honors once more.
She plans to play in the outfield for the Warriors and pitch as well.
“I’m real excited because outfield is my main position, my home I call it,” Johnson said. “I also love to pitch so I’m excited I get to do both.”
Lady Knights’ head softball coach Colette Cassedy noted the selflessness Johnson exhibited during her four years on the team.
“She pretty much never really got to play the position that she is really good at and she’s a talented outfielder, but she said ‘I’ll do what’s best for my team,’” said Cassedy.
“She put her team before herself, it speaks volumes.”
Johnson looked at a few other schools including Georgia Regents University – where she was offered a chance to walk-on – and Covenant College, but decided on Southern Wesleyan after making a visit.
“I fell in love with it and that’s how I made my decision,” Johnson said.
“The small campus and when I was talking to the softball players, they talked a lot about how close everyone was. Everybody knows everybody.”