Diggs Signs NLI, Fitch Vaults to Nationals

Chaminade Julienne senior Lyndsey Diggs signed a National Letter of Intent Friday, May 6 to play NCAA Division I softball at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Diggs will receive an athletic grant in addition to an academic scholarship to cover all tuition costs at NC A&T. She intends to double major in psychology and biology, and pitch for the Aggies of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Eagles standout is currently the school’s single-season strikeouts leader and is on pace this season to break CJ’s career K’s record.

A Dayton native, Lyndsey resides with her parents Raymond and Debbie, and expressed gratitude for the sacrifices both made to foster her success. “I want to thank my parents and coach Bowling for being patient, encouraging and supportive throughout this entire journey.

“I also could not have done this without my pitching coach Jodi Eickemeyer,” Diggs added. “She is the reason why I’ve been able to be such a dominant pitcher.”

As a four-year varsity starter, Diggs has been named first team All-GGCL every season since 2008. In 2010, she led the Eagles to a 15-9 overall record and an appearance in the state district semi-finals after tying an OHSAA single-game home run record during the regular season by hitting three in a 17-2 win over Roger Bacon.

“She is one of the most talented ballplayers we’ve ever had come through CJ,” said head varsity coach Dee Bowling, in her 12th year with the Eagles.

“Lyndsey’s on-field leadership and ability have allowed us to be as successful as we have been these last four years, and I am confident that she will make an impact in her first season at the next level.”

The Eagles (6-8, 4-3 GGCL) will face Eaton (1-13) on Thursday, May 12 in a 5 p.m. first-round sectional matchup at Gateway Park.

JUNIOR GYMNAST COMPETES AT NATIONALS
CJ junior Molly Fitch will compete in the 2011 USA Gymnastics Eastern Championship on Sunday, May 8. It is her second consecutive year participating in the national tournament as a level 9 gymnast.

Fitch, a member of the Gem City Gymnastics team, qualified by placing sixth at the regional championship meet held in Cleveland, Ohio on April 17, securing the final Region 5 spot by besting a field of 22 girls from five states including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan in the Senior 7 Division.  She will compete against gymnasts from across the county in all four events—uneven bars, vault, floor exercise, and balance beam—at the DCU Center beginning at 1:30 p.m.

“I have good friends at Gem City, my coaches there are awesome and we are like a family,” said Fitch, who has been around the sport since she was just 3-years-old.

UPDATE: Molly Fitch made the top ten in two events at nationals -- the uneven bars and the balance beam -- taking eighth place in both. Her team, Region 5, won first place and Super Team. Congratulations!