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Corinth Holders hosts signing day for 10 athletes

Six from baseball, two from softball and one from volleyball and girls soccer headed to college ranks

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WENDELL —  Ten Corinth Holders senior athletes across four sports made their college plans official by signing national letters of intent to play at the next level during a ceremony held at the school’s media center on Wednesday evening.

Volleyball setter Kalyn Rogers was the first Pirate to take a seat at the table to pen her name on the dotted line as a Pitt Community College signee. Rogers shone through an impressive class of six seniors in the program and became the school’s all-time assists leader after surpassing the 1,500 mark in 2019. 

Following her, two softball players and a girls soccer player had their moments of recognition.

Middle infielder Savanah Goad-Cortes will join the Division II Belmont Abbey College softball program next fall. Goad-Cortes played every game last season, hitting for a .250 average.

Teammate Miranda Marks, a catcher and outfielder, will head to the mountains to play for Division II Mars Hill. Marks hit .311 last season in 61 plate appearances and will play one final season for the Pirates on the diamond as the top hitter back with the program.

Abbey Recser, who scored the second-most goals for the Corinth Holders girls soccer team last season, will leave Johnston County for Bluffton, S.C. in the fall, where she will continue her soccer career for National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics member USC-Beaufort. 

Six Pirate baseball players sign together

Following an unprecedented season for the Pirate baseball program, six Corinth Holders baseball players who were key to the team’s run to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 4-A state championship series signed on the same day to play college baseball. 

Four of them will play Division I baseball, while one will continue to the Division II ranks and another will play Division III.

Landon Ginn, who was named the NCHSAA 4-A player of the year last summer, officially became an East Carolina signee after a long period as a commit for the school. The right-hander committed to the Pirates in September 2016 and was Corinth Holders’ ace pitcher last season, while also hitting for a team-high .517 from the plate.

Teammate Ty Cummings will be a Camel, joining the Campbell baseball program as a middle infielder. Tanner Smith, who plays for the Pirates alongside Cummings at shortstop, will move on to Wilmington, joining the UNC Wilmington program.

The multi-talented Gabe Brewington signed to play at North Carolina A&T State University, while the speedy Matt Kelley is headed to Division II UNC Pembroke and catcher Nick Tyler has settled on going to nearby Division III William Peace University in downtown Raleigh.

All six will return for one final run with head coach Adam Weaver's program looking to take the Pirates back to the state championship.