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Fike High senior Michaela Lockridge isn’t picky when it comes to where she will play in the field for the Pitt Community College softball team the next two years.
“Anywhere. Everywhere,” she said during Wednesday’s National Signing Day celebration in the Fike High gym. Lockridge actually signed her National Letter of Intent to join the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II Bulldogs on Jan. 29, during a signing ceremony on the PCC campus in Greenville.
The daughter of Christy Whaley of Wilson and Michael Lockridge of Charlotte, Lockridge has played anywhere and everywhere for the Lady Golden Demons the last three seasons.
“Ever since she’s been here she’s played everywhere,” Fike head coach Josh Jenkins said. “Her first start was actually in center field her freshman year. She’s been my catcher on and off and if I need a fill-in position at any time, she’s always available. Last year she played catcher, first base, second base, shortstop, right field, center field — so, yeah, she can play anywhere.”
Lockridge was just as versatile on offense as she batted .317 with 20 runs scored and 11 RBIs for Fike last spring. She stole 13 bases in 13 attempts and only struck out four times in 63 at-bats.
Lockridge is listed as an infielder on the PCC website announcing her signing along with six others in the second recruiting class of head coach Jennie Harp, who replaced Bulldogs head coach Junior Bailey when he took the same job at Barton College before the 2017 season. Harp, a former Bailey assistant coach who was at Saint Andrews, directed PCC to the Region X championship and the NJCAA World Series in her first season in Greenville.
Lockridge expressed how Harp and assistant coaches Cassie Harrell and Taylor Slate made an impression on her during a camp she attended at PCC.
“I really liked the campus and the coaches are nice,” Lockridge said. “They were really fun and we got along well at the camp.”
Lockridge said she plans to major in either sports marketing or something in the medical field.
While she has a year of high school softball left, she’s already aware of the preparation it will take to play at the collegiate level, especially hitting the weight room more often than she has at Fike.
“Because they work out, like, a LOT!” she said of the PCC players. “And we don’t really work out here.”