AC Softball’s Holcomb Signs with Bowling Green University
Odessa Product Established Single-Season Home Run Record in 2017
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Kali Holcomb did exactly what any coach would want a player to do in the same situation.
Following a decent freshman campaign with the Angelina College Lady Roadrunner softball team, Holcomb went to work in the off-season in an effort to get even better. Her work paid off in a big way, with the Permian High School/Odessa product posting an historical 2017 season.
Holcomb’s sophomore year concluded with her having established a new single-season record with 18 home runs. She led Region XIV with 71 RBI, hitting .360 with a slugging percentage of .736; she also stole five bases and led the team in doubles with 18. Having locked down the centerfield position for the season, Holcomb proceeded to field her spot at a .939 clip. Her overall performance earned her a spot in the 1st Team All-Conference list for 2017.
Her overall game also was more than enough to earn scouts’ attention, and Holcomb recently announced she’d made her decision to sign with Bowling Green University in Ohio beginning in the fall of 2017.
Holcomb will join former AC teammate Kaylee Parker at BGU.
“The campus and coaching staff (at Bowling Green) ultimately helped me make my decision,” Holcomb said. “The coaching staff was very personable and emphasized a family culture, which is just like Angelina College. The campus had the feeling of a home away from home. Along with being family-oriented, the program is very competitive with a strong work ethic. I just felt comfortable there the moment I stepped on campus.”
Holcomb said the BGU coaches were able to watch her via live-stream throughout the Region XIV Conference Tournament, meaning they saw the complete package in a softball player.
“My hitting definitely got their attention, and when they were able to watch our regional games online, they got to see some of my versatility from both the offensive and defensive side of the game, along with seeing how I play the game,” Holcomb said.
With those numbers and two years of experience under her belt, Holcomb said she expects to make an immediate difference for the Falcons.
“I expect to come in and make an impact in some sort of way,” Holcomb said. “Angelina College really helped me grow as a student/athlete and develop as a player. Our team at AC was so competitive, and the coaches pushed us to compete against each other day in and day out, along with them working more on the offensive side to be the best we could be. I feel that thanks to my teammates and coaches at Angelina, I am more than ready to make the transition.”
Holcomb credited her two years in the junior-college ranks with her development and ability to face some of the country’s best competition.
“In my two years at AC, I learned and grew so much within a short amount of time,” Holcomb said.” I went from hitting two home runs as a freshman to 18 home runs my sophomore year, and it’s all because of the time our coaching staff put into working with me and the rest of the team – along with my teammates pushing me every day. Someone was always ahead of me or right behind me chasing me in the home run race. I believe JUCO kids have the best work ethic because we all have that underdog mentality, and playing in Region 14 means we face some of the best teams in the country. Because of that I feel I will be successful at the next level.
“Going the JUCO route was the best decision I could have made,” Holcomb added. “If I could stay for two more years, I would have. I am forever grateful to the coaching staff and my teammates for being a second family to me. I have made lifelong friendships here. I know all of them are a phone call away if I was to ever need anything. I cannot express enough how thankful I am to have had the opportunity that Mark and Barbi gave me to be a part of this program.”
Holcomb’s parents are Kerry Evans and Chris Holcomb.
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