Nichole Bailey signs with Wallace

Published: Friday, January 18, 2013 at 03:20 PM.

“She led us last year with a .444 batting average,” he said. “She has meant a lot to us with her bat.

“Hitting is definitely her strength. She hits the ball really hard, really well, up the middle. We got her hitting the ball more up the middle last year and hitting more line drives instead of trying to take it out (of the park).”

That doesn’t mean Bailey lacks other skills that can help Wallace.

Varnum said that last season she started a double play from left field that was one of the best defensive plays he has seen in almost a decade.

And while Bailey has shown flashes of brilliance on defense, her ability to swing the bat helped her earn the scholarship.

“Just from what I’ve seen, I expect her in some form to be hitting either as the DP (designated player) or as an outfielder,” he said. “She may not be in the field to start with, but she will definitely be hitting for them.”

Bailey has the intangibles that will help at the college level, Varnum said.

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