Thunder’s Carly Perkins signs for softball scholarship

Humboldt State lands prospect
By: Jim Linsdau Placer Herald Sports Editor
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Rocklin High senior Carly Perkins has signed an NAIA National Letter of Intent to play womens softball for Humboldt State University, Arcata campus. Perkins is left handed and will play first base for the Lumberjacks. She is also a good utility player in the outfield. I’m definitely more of a stronger defensive player,” said Perkins. “I’m more of a contact hitter. I just try to get on base. I’m quick when I run the bases.” Perkins said she has been playing since she was 5 years old and worked her way up through ASA competitive softball. She is also good friends with Whitney High’s Darian Harris who also signed to play softball at Humboldt State. “I’m going to major in biology,” Perkins said of her studies. (And) hopefully go into the medical field when I’m older.” Thunder softball coach Marissa Hardy had high praise for Perkins. “Carly is an athlete who works hard for what she wants while supporting her teammates to reach their fullest potential,” Hardy said. “I believe that with her work ethic and determination, Carly can contribute to the success of the softball program at Humboldt State." Perkins was joined at the ceremony by her parents Phil and Kenley Perkins of Rocklin. Phil Perkins said his daughter struggled with the game at first because they did not know she was left handed. He said once they discovered that they got her a glove for her right hand and she began to blossom. “She immediately went from being just a little kid playing softball to one of the elite players on the field,” said Phil Perkins. He added that Carly Perkins had played in national ASA tournaments with three separate teams and feels honored she’ll be playing at Humboldt.