2015 Softball Factory Pre-Season All-American Paige Holmes is in her first season at the University of South Alabama and the catching prospect is off to a fantastic start to her collegiate career.
The Jaguars currently have an 8-6 record through February 28th, and Holmes has helped to pace the team as she took over the starting duties behind the plate, coming to the school a year early.
Holmes initially was set to graduate this year, but based on her outstanding academics (3.4 GPA), she was able to graduate a year early from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL.
Despite not being recruited until late in her high school career, South Alabama remained very interested in Holmes and upon graduating, made room for her on the roster. Holmes mentioned how thankful she is because even though she wasn’t committed anywhere as a freshman, sophomore or even a junior, the chance to go to a Division I was still possible because of attending Softball Factory events and talking to former players who had been through it.
“I got to meet old college players who told me their story on how they got to college so that helped knowing that even though I wasn’t committed as a freshman, sophomore or junior, I still had a chance to go to Division I because of how Softball Factory helped me.”
Paige’s skill set shined brightly as she has started all 14 games so far for the Jaguars in her freshman season, going 10-for-43 with a double and eight RBI. Behind the plate, she has made 102 putouts in 111 chances without committing an error.
“She’s that player you want on your team and as a coach for sure you want her to be on your team,” says Lea Ann Jarvis, Senior Director for Softball Factory. “She’s going to do her job very well getting it done the right way and was always the total team player.”
Holmes has a list of goals she wants to complete, but is taking things as they come.
“I’m taking it one step at a time. My first step was to become the starting catcher, which I am now. So that’s great. And then my next one would be All-Conference and All-America and eventually play for the USA Women’s Softball Team.”
In Clermont, FL back in January of 2015, Holmes had a great event at the All-America Pre-Season Tournament, showing well offensively and defensively. She even won the home run derby. Her Softball Factory experience began at an Under Armour Softball Factory National Tryout in Douglasville, GA back in April of 2013. It was that type of exposure and experience that helped Paige get ahead in the College Recruiting process.
“Softball Factory helped me a lot. Not only having Ty (Rietkovich) as my coach helped, but, all the events I went to allowed me to get most of the exposure I did. Especially the Under Armour All-American exposure I received… the video I did allowed for everyone to see all of the events I did. I got to meet people from everywhere, so now, not only am I a better player, I have friends all across the country.”
We wish Paige much success this season and in the future!