AUM adds another signee to softball class

The Auburn University at Montgomery softball program and head coach Chris Wilcoxson has announced the signing of Spanish Fort High School standout Amie Kelly for the upcoming season.

Kelly, a starting outfielder since the seventh grade for the Lady Toros, joins Katie Spain (2B/Whittier, Calif./LaSerna HS), Kaira Robison (P/Orange Park, Fla./Fleming Island HS), Brandi Hughes (P/Rockmart, Ga./Rockmart HS), Cassie Daniels (P/Plantersville, Ala./Dallas County HS), Jenna Molina (UTIL/Murrieta, Calif./Vista Murrieta HS), Holly Saint (C/Wetumpka, Ala./Central Alabama CC), Sarah Suggs (1B/Huntsville, Ala./Sparkman HS) and Ainsley Faulk (UTIL/Centersville, Ga./Woodland HS) as future Lady Senators to sign with the program.

"We are really excited about the addition of Amie to our program," Wilcoxson said. "She is very coachable young lady, who will provide depth in the outfield and is a switch hitter on offense. She brings speed and athleticism to our team, which is always nice to have. She comes from a traditionally strong high school team in Spanish Fort High School and has played on very competitive travel teams. She will compete for a spot in our outfield, which will be graduating three starters after next season."

Kelly, who is from Daphne, Ala., helped the Lady Toros to six consecutive area titles and three appearances in the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 5A State Tournament. In 2009, Kelly guided Spanish Fort advance to the Final Four and record a 37-18 record. As a freshman, she helped the Lady Toros to a 43-14 overall mark and a spot in the Elite Eight of the AHSAA State Tournament.

During her final season, Kelly hit .365, with six doubles and one home run, while driving in 17 and adding 10 stolen bases to help Spanish Fort to a 34-14-1 record and an appearance in the AHSAA Class 5A South Region Tournament.

She was an All-Baldwin County selection as a junior and senior, while earning the Lady Toros' Team Captain award following her final season. Kelly was also voted Spanish Fort's Most Improved Varsity Player on two occasions.

The daughter of Greg and Laurie Kelly, she plans to major in general studies.