PBA Continues to Stockpile Talent with the Addition of Carly Shepherd

Written By: Michael Brown, Palm Beach Atlantic University SID

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- With the 2008 season under way, the recruiting efforts of Palm Beach Atlantic University softball head coach Kimmy Bloemers are becoming clear as she has announced the signing of Carly Shepherd to a national letter of intent to further her education and play collegiate softball at PBA.

A talented player with the ability to play multiple positions, Shepherd will come to West Palm Beach from Jacksonville, Florida as a product of Bishop Kenny High School. A pitcher as well as a strong infielder at second-base, Shepherd’s accolades continue to pile up as she rounds out her athletic and academic career in the prep ranks.

Named to the All-State 2nd Team in 2006 as a sophomore, Shepherd completed her junior campaign with a team-leading .428 batting average while also leading the team in doubles (18) and runs batted in (32).

Adding talented ball players on and off the field is obviously job one for a collegiate head coach and Bloemers feels she has found a solid addition in Shepherd.

“I am thrilled that Carly will be a part of our PBA team. She is an all around great person with a love for the Lord and softball. With her powerful bat, Carly will do great things for us here at Palm Beach Atlantic University,” said Bloemers.

As most dedicated softball players do, Shepherd was heavily involved in the travel team circuit as she competed for the highly-regarded Jacksonville Storm Gold. While with the Storm, Shepherd and her teammates reached the National Tournament where they finished fourth overall.

With obvious abilities on the softball field it appears that PBA and Shepherd will make a great fit for many years to come.

“When I first came to Palm Beach Atlantic I knew that it was where I wanted to spend my four years of college to grow spiritually and prepare myself for life,” said Shepherd after signing on to play for the Sailfish.

Not only a standout athlete, Shepherd has found her niche in the community as well as she has been involved as a Eucharistic minister at her high school as well as a volunteer for different areas involving the Jacksonville youth.

Carly is the daughter of Jerry and Joanne Shepherd.

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