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Four Raiders to play college softball

From left: Kaly Garcia, Kiley Turner, Tess Mitchell and Logan Gibson.—Photo Courtesy/LCHS athletics
Four members - Kaly Garcia, Kiley Turner, Tess Mitchell and Logan Gibson - of the Loudoun County High School softball program have committed to continue their academic and athletic careers in college.

All four players helped the Raiders win Conference 21-East season and tournament titles in 2017.

Mitchell will play at George Mason University; Kiley Turner is headed to West Virginia Wesleyan College; and Kaly Garcia and Logan Gibson will remain teammates in college at the University of Mary Washington.

-Here is a closer look at each student-athlete, courtesy of LCHS athletics:

Catcher Kiley Turner will play for decorated coach Steve Warner, who last year earned his 1,000th victory at the Division II level. In 2017, the Bobcats finished with a record of 51-10, won the Mountain East Conference Champions and made it to Game 12 of the College World Series.

Kiley is a four-year member of the varsity softball program at LCHS, and is known for being a power hitter and a great defensive catcher. Kiley was named all-conference three consecutive years. In 2016, she was named the Raider Defensive Player of the Year and she earned the Coaches Award in 2017.

Pitcher Tess Mitchell has committed to join the Patriots softball program. George Mason is a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference and is led by head coach Joe Verbanic. In 2017, the Patriots finished with a record of 23-33.

Tess is a four-year member of the varsity softball program. Her strength as a location pitcher has her earned all-conference and all-region honors the past two years. In 2017, Tess was named Conference 21 Pitcher of the Year and was awarded MVP honors by Raider softball.

Teammates Kaly Garcia and Logan Gibson will both join the Mary Washington softball program. Head coach Dee Conway has been at the helm of the Eagles' softball program for more than 30 years.

Kaly is a four-year member of the softball program and has spent three years on varsity. Known for her home run capability, Kaly has also developed into a great defensive player at first base. She earned all-conference, all-region and all-state honors. In addition, Kaly was named the Raider Softball Offensive Player of the Year.

Logan is a four-year member of the softball program and has spent three years at the varsity level. While she is most comfortable behind the plate, Logan has become the most versatile member of the program. Logan's selfless play has earned her playing time in both the infield and outfield. She earned the 2017 LCHS Softball Team Spirit Award.


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