Presbyterian College and head softball coach David Williams announced the signing of outfielder Faith Bennett (Temple, Ga.), catcher/infielder Samantha Bryant (Bennettsville, S.C.), pitcher Jenna Greene (Hamlet, N.C.), pitcher Haley Haselden (Hemmingway, S.C.), and infielder Layna Johnson (Aynor, S.C.) to National Letters of Intent to join the Blue Hose in the fall of 2019.
Faith Bennett – OF – Temple, Ga./Central Carroll H.S.
High School: Batted .448 her senior season, scoring 30 runs and swiping 26 bases … Three-time member of the All-State team (2015-17) … Four-time All-Region selection (2015-18) and 2018 Region Player of the Year … Three-time All-Area player (2015-17) … Participant in the 2018 GADC All-State Game … Named 2017 CCHS Team MVP, 2016 CCHS Offensive Player of the Year, and 2015 Newcomer of the Year … GHSA AAAA State Champion.
“Faith is a dynamic player that can kick start an offense and create opportunities on the bases with her speed. Defensively she possesses a great deal of range, providing maximum coverage. We look forward to her addition to our outfield and offensive lineup.”
Samantha Bryant – C/IF – Bennettsville, S.C./Malboro Academy
High School: Batted .390 for her high school career with 26 home runs, 135 runs batted in, and a .475 on-base percentage … Three-time All-State selection (2015-17) … Four-time All-Region player (2015-18) … Named Malboro Academy Defensive MVP four times (2015-18).
“Samantha is a power hitting Catcher that has a strong presence behind the plate. She does an excellent job of managing the game and pitching staff. Her addition adds more power to the lineup, while allowing a person to rotate in the battery.”
Jenna Greene – P – Hamlet, N.C/Malboro Academy
High School: Held a 19-4 record as a junior in 125.1 innings pitched with a 0.56 ERA and 231 strikeouts … Has collected 773 strikeouts over her high school career … 2017 2A SCISA State Champion … Two-time 2A SCISA All-Region Player of the Year (2016-17) and two-time member of the 2A SCISA North-South All-Star team (2017-18) … 2017 HSSR SCISA Co-2A Women’s Player of the Year … Named Malboro Academy MVP three times (2016-18).
“Jenna is tremendous pitcher that has had success at both the high school and travel ball level. She has pitched against some of the best competition across the country to help prepare her for college. We look forward to her addition to our pitching staff.”
Haley Haselden – P – Hemmingway, S.C./USC Salkehatchie
2018 (at USC Salkehatchie): Recorded the 19th most strikeouts in the country, 176, and held the ninth best strikeouts per game average, 8.95 … Pitched 137.2 innings and held opponent batting average to .200.
High School: Pitched 162 innings her senior season with a 0.50 ERA and 249 strikeouts … Batted .344 with 15 home runs and 54 runs batted in … All-State selection.
“Haley is a left handed pitcher that has great movement. She commands the game very well and has great composure. Haley will definitely provide a different look for us in the circle and is a great addition to our pitching staff. “
Layna Johnson – IF – Aynor, S.C./Aynor H.S.
High School: Batted .451 her junior season with 10 doubles, two triples, a home run, and 29 runs batted in … Named 2018 Sun News Toast of the Coast Player of the Year and Region VI 3A Player of the Year … Three-time All-State selection (2016-18) … Four-time All-Region player (2015-18) … 2018 State Player of the Year Qualifier.
“Layna is a solid infielder that has great range and a strong arm. Her offensive abilities are extremely valuable as well. Whether she is hitting for average or utilizing her speed on the bases. She adds depth to our infield and offensive lineup.”