Coach D’Amour Keeps On Poppin’ It, Adds 7 on Signing Day

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Virginia Tech and Pete D’Amour signed seven prospects on Wednesday, Nov. 10. (Virginia Tech sports photography)

Virginia Tech softball coach Pete D’Amour announced Wednesday that seven high school seniors have signed their National Letters of Intent to join the Hokies program in the 2022-23 academic year. Although positions are always subject to change, the signees include two pitchers, a catcher, an infielder, two outfielders, and a utility player. 

“This class has a little of everything,” D’Amour said in Virginia Tech’s press release. “It’s a very athletic class, but the two things that stand out are power hitting and power pitching. These young ladies hit over 200 home runs throughout their high school careers and the two pitchers have the ability to throw the ball in the upper 60’s on a consistent basis.”

Pitcher

Both pitchers in the class are from outside the Commonwealth with impressive offer lists. 

Lyndsey Grein from Mokena, Ill. chose the Hokies over UCLA, Ohio State and Penn State.  Grein led Lincoln-Way Central to a second-place finish in the state and a 28-4 record this past season. She totaled 292 strikeouts in 211 innings and posted a 0.76 ERA. At the plate, she hit .420 with 11 home runs. She was named the Conference Player of the Year and Second Team All-State.

Payton List from Beaver, Pa. led Beaver to a state title in 2021 while posting an amazing 21-0 record with a 0.64 ERA and 233 strikeouts in 120 innings. She also had a lethal bat, hitting .409 with five home runs. List selected picked the Hokies over Penn State, James Madison and NC State.

Catcher

Kylie Aldridge is a multi-sport standout from Fayetteville, N.C., excelling not only in softball, but also in volleyball.

She hit over .700 last softball season and is also Cumberland County’s all-time leader in career volleyball kills with 1,229. For good measure, she also played tennis and ran track and was justifiably named OT Female State Athlete of the Year. She was also named First Team All-American by Extra Innings Softball, as well as 18U All-Summer Team. Aldridge picked Tech over UNC-Wilmington, Winthrop, North Carolina A&T and Virginia Wesleyan.

Megan Furr, a Centreville, Va. native, was listed by HokieSports as an outfielder, but she was twice named Class 6D All-Region First Team as a catcher.

Regardless of her position, she is a dangerous hitter, batting over .525 this year for the VA Xplosion with a .552 on base percentage. The Softball Factory describes her as having “quick hands” that “make constant hard contact, spraying balls to all fields.” The outlet notes that when she plays the outfield, she “moves well laterally and covers a lot of ground.” Furr chose the Hokies over Christopher Newport and Canisius.

Infield

The most heralded player in the class may be Teagan Thrunk from Point Pleasant, N.J.

Thrunk was named the No. 1 softball player in New Jersey by MaxPreps and was ranked No. 58 in the country by Extra Innings Softball. The organization describes her as “displaying great range at shortstop with a quick release and strong accurate arm” and a “line-drive hitter who can hit to all fields, hit behind runners, can bunt, and has excellent mechanics, quick hands and a smooth swing.”

She consistently hit over .400 with her travel ball team. Her coach told Extra Innings Softball that Thrunk “is one of the hardest working athletes you’ll ever come across.” Trunk picked Virginia Tech over Stanford, Syracuse, Georgetown, Delaware, Holy Cross and Colgate.

Trinity Martin, Kylie Aldridge, Emma Jackson and Payton List (from left to right) all signed with Virginia Tech on Wednesday. (Bob Berry)

Outfield

Emma Jackson from Chincoteague, Va. is another multi-sport athlete joining the Hokies. Not only has she been named First Team All-District twice in softball (as well as the 2021 Player of the Year), but she is also a skilled volleyball player who was named the Eastern Shore’s Player of the Year last season. She also won the state title in the 100 meters in track.

On the diamond, Jackson is closing in on a 100 career home runs and hit .513 for Starz Gold with 29 home runs and 85 RBIs. The Softball Factory describes her hitting style as “an advanced approach” that “gets her hand activated on time and is explosive driving her lower half through. She works through a level swing with plus bat speed, leading to loud contact and strong line drives.”

Trinity Martin from Lynchburg, Va. is a left-handed power hitter who was named First Team All-District and First Team All-Region after posting a .652 batting average for Halifax County this past season. She has played for the Williamsburg Starz since she was 12 years old and has recently posted a batting average of .429 with 4 home runs and 25 RBIs.  She has excellent speed, having stolen 16 bases.

Although she had offers from Virginia, Miami (Ohio), and Radford, Martin felt a connection when she visited Blacksburg and worked really hard to make her college dream a reality.

“Skill-wise I go downstairs and hit in my basement every other day, if not every day of the week, and I put in a lot of work because I know where I want to be when I get there,” Martin told The Gazette-Virginian.

Final Thoughts

Hokies fans have to be pleased with another quality recruiting class by Pete D’Amour and his staff. While their on-field accomplishments are certainly notable, D’Amour is just as impressed with this group’s intangibles, “like character, internal motivation, and being part of something bigger than themselves.”

He is also quick to recognize that recruiting these ladies was a team effort.

“I’d like to thank [assistant coach] Mike Lewis for his efforts in securing this class and the new Hokies and their families for joining our program,” D’Amour said. “These ladies have the potential to play softball at a really high level and I’m confident this crew can come and fit in with our program right away.”

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  1. Wow, that was just awesome on all accounts – awesome recruiting by Coach Pete and awesome writing by Chip!!! Looking forward to the upcoming season!

  2. Love watching the Hokie Ladies play in all sports. Actually enjoy watching the woman US olympic sports teams more then the men as they are consistently more competitive then the men are. Thankfully the VT men and woman sports teams do not disappoint, well football normally doesn’t.

  3. Nice writeup of an impressive signing class. Recruiting and Signing Grein who had an offer from UCLA as pitcher would be like us recruiting and signing a QB in football with an offer from Alabama. It shows how respected our softball program and Coach D’Amour are in Div 1 NCAA softball.

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