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Gordo's Norris signs with Central Alabama


Anna Gayle Norris, who joined the Gordo varsity as a seventh-grader, recently signed a scholarship to play for Central Alabama Community College. (Photo by Andrew Carroll)


GORDO | Anna Gayle Norris will take her slugging skills to Alexander City, but first she has to finish her senior softball season at Gordo High School.

Norris, who joined the Gordo varsity as a seventh-grader, recently signed a scholarship to play for Central Alabama Community College.

Norris will play first base for the Lady Greenwave and expects to fill the same position at Central Alabama.

"It was really exciting," Norris said of her signing ceremony. "I’ve never really seen anybody go to the next level from Gordo in softball. It was just really exciting that I was able to do that. I was really nervous before, but after I did it I just got a lot more comfortable.

"It helps me a lot because I won’t be stressing over trying to get a scholarship during my senior year of softball. It’s already kind of played out how I want it to be. I just plan on leading how I would want somebody to lead me. I just want us to go really far this year and, hopefully, have some more younger people do what I’m doing now."

Norris said she expects to hit fourth or fifth in the batting order. She hit .442 last season with 41 RBIs. She had 13 doubles, five home runs and one triple. She posted an on-base percentage of .465 and scored 36 runs while striking out only nine times. In the field, she didn’t commit and error in 39 games.

"I think I’m good at scoring people, moving runners, things like that," Norris said.

During the summer travel ball season she hit .480 with nine RBIs in 12 games. She had a slugging percentage of .800 with a fielding percentage of .962.

Norris, who was 4 when she started playing youth baseball, will play softball for Central Alabama coach Greg Shivers.

"I really liked their campus," said Norris, who is interested in physical therapy as a college major. "I liked their coach. He’s really a nice guy. I didn’t want to stay very close to home. I wanted to get away when I go to college and kind of be out on my own a little bit more and be a little more independent."