GREENVILLE, N.C. – East Carolina added a third member of its 2013 signing class Thursday as Kelsi Briggs inked a national letter-of-intent to attend ECU and play softball with the Pirates beginning in the fall of 2012. Briggs joins Casey Alcorn and Morgan Eisenga as the newest members of the program.
“We are really excited to be adding Kelsi,” head coach Tracey Kee said. “Her defensive versatility and offensive production will be a nice blend with our returning squad.”
Briggs, a native of Yorba Linda, Calif., has been a four-year letterwinner and three-time First-Team All-Empire League selection for Valencia High School and head coach John German. In her final year with the Tigers, she hit .519, slugged .790, drove in 28 runs and tallied six home runs. She was selected to play in the Orange County Coaches All-Star Softball Game, which will be held on June 5th, in addition to receiving first-team all-league honors.
At the end of her junior season, Briggs finished third in the league in batting average and hits and was also named the best defensive player. The team posted an 8-4 record in Empire League play, good for a second-place finish, and went 21-9 overall. The Tigers qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Division 1 Southern Section playoffs and topped Glendora 10-1 before falling to Santiago 15-4.
During Briggs’ sophomore campaign, she was selected as the most valuable player at the Savanna High School Tournament and was tabbed as the Orange County Register Player-of-the-Week for her efforts. At the event, she went five-for-seven with a home run and six RBI to help the Tigers win the title. The team ended the year 24-6 with an 8-2 mark in league action, advanced to the CIF playoffs and downed Edison 1-0, but lost in the second round.
As a freshman, Briggs hit .432 with 16 runs batted in and 13 scored to earn a place on the OCVarsity.com All-Freshman Team in addition to being named the squad’s top newcomer.
“While visiting ECU, I could see myself attending the university and living in Greenville,” Briggs said. “The people in the community were very nice and so supportive of the school and its athletes. Coaches Kee and Kozlowski are both great and made me feel at home. They have created a very good softball program and I share their goals and work ethic.
“Not only do they want you to succeed in softball, but also as a person,” Briggs continued. “You can see they care about the team and I am grateful to have the opportunity to join them. I look forward to attending ECU in the fall and hope to play a major role on the softball team and within the community.”
In the classroom, Briggs has taken Honor Core classes all four years. As a senior, she received the Valencia Scholar Athlete Award and a place on the Principal's Honor Roll.
Briggs has gained additional softball experience playing for the Strike Force, California Raiders, Victory USA and American Stars summer travel programs. Her 14-and-under American Stars squad took fifth place at the Amateur Softball Association of America “A” Nationals in Midland, Texas. With the OC Batbusters, she serves as an assistant coach for her sister Ciara’s 12-and-under club.
“We look forward to watching Kelsi be successful on the field, in the classroom and throughout the community,” Kee added.