ROCKSPRINGS, Ohio — When one door closes, another opens.
Meigs senior Sadie Fox signed her letter of intent on April 14 in Larry R. Morrison Gymnasium, committing the join the Ohio University-Chillicothe softball team next season.
“It’s an awesome opportunity to continue my education, while playing the sport that I love,” Fox said. “Since I was in tee-ball, I’ve always wanted to play college ball. It’s a major goal that I’m happy I reached. Softball has been my life forever, and it’s basically like my life gets to continue.”
Fox — who was named to the Tri-Valley Conference Ohio Division first team in 2014 — has been a four-year starter for the Maroon and Gold softball team. In her time at Meigs, the Lady Marauders have went a combined 68-27, including 34-10 in league. Meigs has finished second in the league all-four years Fox has started.
Sadie helped Meigs claim two sectional titles, and was part of the only MHS softball team to reach the district final since the turn of the century. This past season, Fox was Meigs’ catcher and batted third in the lineup. The 2016 Lady Marauders were 20-6 on the diamond, setting a new school record for wins.
“Sadie has tremendous leadership and she works hard,” Meigs head coach Bryan Swann said. “She shows leadership doing anything to make the team better, helping in any way she can. She will go on and help OU-C stabilize the catcher position and I know she’ll be a huge asset for them offensively and defensively.”
As a senior, Fox posted a .480 batting average, with nine doubles, two triples and three home runs. Sadie had 33 runs batted in and 26 runs scored, while sporting a .975 fielding average.
Fox will join a George Beck coached Hilltoppers squad, which has claimed four Ohio Regional Campus Conference Championships in the past five years.
“The coach (at OU-C) seemed really caring and he showed a lot of interest in me,” Fox said. “I had other offers, but they didn’t seem as interested. (Coach Beck) came to fall ball, summer ball and high school ball.”
At OU-C, Fox will be an education major. In high school, Sadie also participated in varsity basketball, cross country and volleyball.
Fox is the second college commit from the 2016 MHS softball team, as Lady Marauders’ second baseman Katie Gilkey has signed to play at West Liberty University.
Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.