Next level for Lady Cougar stand-out

A Nottoway High School senior will continue her already-stellar softball career at the University of Lynchburg.

Senior Dallas Basinger , who has played catcher since she was a little girl, signed a letter of commitment Friday with the Hornets as family and friends watched proudly in the high school mini-auditorium.

Dallas is the daughter of Ron & Kathy Basinger of Crewe. With her behind home plate, the Lady Cougars over the past three years have gone 50-10, winning James River District championships in 2016 and 2018 and finishing runner-up in 2017. Dallas and her teammates have reached the Regional Semi-finals in each of those past three years.

Head Coach Travis Andrews says he can’t offer enough praise for his savvy senior. “Dallas is like having an extra coach on the field. She’s honest with herself and her abilities and brutally honest with her pitchers,” Andrews says of his scrappy senior.

“She executes the game plan and guides her pitchers throughout the game. She’s worked extremely hard for the opportunity to play for Coach Dawn Simmons at the University of Lynchburg excel on the next level.”

Coach Simmons is in her 21st year coaching at her alma mater (formerly called Lynchburg College) and in April recorded her 500th career coaching win. Her Hornet teams have posted more than 30 wins in 11 of the past 16 seasons. The Division 3 Hornets went 30-14 last year and made the NCAA tournament.

While playing All-Star softball for Crewe-Burkeville eight years ago, Dallas hit the first grand slam home run ever recorded at the Dinwiddie County Sports Complex. In addition to being a star in Dixie Girls and high school, she’s also shined for the Virginia Edge travel softball team, where she mainly catches but occasionally plays 1st base and 3rd base.

At Nottoway, Dallas last season was named 2nd Team All-District and 2nd Team All-Region. She was All Quad Rivers Conference her freshman year and 1st Team All-Region and 1st Team All-State. She was 1st Team All-Conference her sophomore season.

In her three seasons starting for the varsity Lady Cougars, Dallas has a .306 batting average and an .883 fielding percentage. She’s driven-in 49 runs (RBI), picked-off six runners, and committed only seven errors.

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