Aubrey Rabun has helped anchor the Ashley Ridge softball team since it was founded but after the 2014 season the Swamp Foxes will have to do without her.
Rabun, the only starter at the catcher position the team has known since its inaugural season in 2009, will play for the University of South Carolina next school year. The senior made her college plans official Wednesday by signing a national letter of intent with the Gamecocks during a signing celebration in the Ashley Ridge auditorium.
Rabun made her choice long ago but had to wait until the early signing period opened Wednesday before she could commit to the Gamecocks in writing.
“I’ve attended USC camps since I was an eighth-grader,” she said. “I love the family atmosphere they have there and the coaching staff is great. I’m so excited. I’ve put a lot into this program and really enjoyed it so it will be hard leaving the Ashley Ridge team but I’m excited about college and getting to play at a different level.”
Naturally the Gamecocks will utilize her skills behind the plate but she says they also plan to work her out some as a third baseman.
“They have a good group of catchers but I think as long as I work hard I’ll get my share of playing time,” she said.
She plans to major in exercise science and perhaps enter the physical therapy field.
Rabun was named to the South Carolina Coaches Association for Women’s Sports Class AAAA All-state Softball Team both as a junior and a sophomore. As an eighth-grader, before her school joined the 4-A ranks, Rabun was named to the Class AA All-state team.
Last season Rabun also shared the Region 8-AAAA Player of the Year honor with Summerville shortstop Sarah Windham.
Rabun finished her junior season with a .435 batting average, .638 slugging percentage and .599 on base percentage. She had 30 hits, including a total of eight for extra bases and three homeruns. She had 29 RBIs and scored 28 runs. She was awarded 28 bases on balls. In 172 innings, she only committed seven errors.
Rabun was one of only six underclassmen named to the list in 2012.