Just days after his team finished the 2007 season, Pitt Community College softball coach Junior Bailey was already thinking about the future when he signed Ayden-Grifton High School speedster Cecilia Danza for 2008.
Danza, the Chargers’ leadoff hitter the past three seasons, signed with PCC on Wednesday. The senior from Grifton, who is the daughter of Frank and Phyllis Danza, is batting .328 this year on a team that is 9-11 overall and made the state playoffs.
“I have played softball since I was seven years old, and I am ecstatic (about) playing for Pitt Community College (next season),” Danza said of her opportunity to play for the Bulldogs.
AGHS coach Chris Williams said Pitt was getting a versatile player in Danza with a great arm and good speed.
Bailey added that Danza’s ability to motor around the bases would be a welcomed addition to the PCC softball program in ‘08.
“I am looking forward to Cecilia’s speed next season,” he said. “She understands the game, and we’re glad to make her part of the Bulldog softball family. I have been very happy with the players that we have had out of Ayden-Grifton and really look forward to signing more of them over time.”
At PCC, Danza will join former AGHS star Melissa Griffin, who wrapped up her first season at first base with the ‘Dawgs by tallying 60 runs batted in, good for 21st among all National Junior College Athletic Association Division I softball players.
Danza says she will bring a good work ethic to Pitt along with skills at several positions. “I am a utility player, so wherever I am put, I will do my best at each and every position,” she said.
With Danza’s signing this week, PCC now has 10 recruits lined up for 2008 with several potential signings still to come. The Bulldogs lose just one player—Amber Oakes—from this year’s club, which finished the year 13-25-1 overall.