Carson Bradsher

Carson Bradsher, who is a junior at Orange High School, has committed to attend and play softball for App State University.

There’s good news and more good news coming out of local high school softball. Orange High standout Carson Bradsher has committed to attend and play for Appalachian State University, which is good news for the Mountaineers. Bradsher is a junior, so she still has two more seasons at Orange, which is good news for the Panthers.

Bradsher said she’s had her eye on App State for years. “I’ve always wanted to go and play there,” she said. “And then they came and watched me in a couple tournaments. I just like the community, and the atmosphere there is just really loving and all. It’s just like a family oriented school.”

Bradsher, who was All-District and All-State as a sophomore, has played each year in high school, and touted a .700 batting average in 11 games last season. She plays middle infield, shortstop, and outfield.

While she has excelled with the team at Orange, Bradsher also plays on a travel softball team. Several of her travel teammates are on the high school team, so the chemistry is strong. She said loves the sport no matter the team, but noted the competition level is higher for the travel league.

Bradsher, who grew up and lives in Cedar Grove, has a younger sister who also plays softball. “She definitely looks up to me, and I help her sometimes,” she said.

When she’s not on the field, Bradsher said she enjoys spending time hanging out with friends, and hunting.

Bradsher said she is excited to have the opportunity to play for a strong App State team, and is ready to take her game to a new level. “I think that I’ll go in with the knowledge I have and the skills I have, but also with an open mind. So, whatever they teach me, I’ll get better of course, by their standards.