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Inside the BRD: York softball players, Martinez and Batchelor to join Grafton's Olson and Hall, Smithfield's Gay and Warhill's Henzel and Norris in college ranks

York High sophomore Destiny Martinez committed this past weekend to play softball on scholarship at Longwood University. She’ll be joined in the collegiate ranks by fellow York infielder Lia Batchelor, who has committed to play for Campbell.

They play travel ball for the Williamsburg Starz Gold U-18 team guided by former Lafayette High coach Tom Bunn. Other Starz players who are poised to sign college scholarships on Wednesday are Grafton’s Hannah Olson (Elon) and Warhill’s Bridget Henzel (U.Va.-Wise). Grafton junior Christa Hall will sign with Campbell in a year.

Martinez is the second Bay Rivers player to commit early to Longwood in recent months. Smithfield pitching star Sydney Gay, a junior, also committed there.

"Destiny has terrific range," said Bunn, who said she'll likely play second base or shorstop in college. "She's a great slapper bunter with an explosive first step."

Bunn said of Batchelor: "She has all five tools. She hits for power and average, run well, throw s well and catches the ball well."

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