EASLEY — Three Easley High School athletes will sign letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic endeavors at the collegiate level.
Softball players Brittany Kimbrough and Taylor Rothrock will be joined by baseball player Brandon Hood during the signing ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday (May 21) in the school’s media center.
Kimbrough will sign with North Greenville University, Rothrock will sign with the University of South Carolina-Sumter and Hood will sign with Spartanburg Methodist College.
Kimbrough and Rothrock helped lead Easley to a school-record 11 Region 1-AAAA victories and second-place finish in the region. It was the highest region finish for Easley since winning the league title in 2005.
Rothrock was a six-year player for the Easley varsity. She played in 27 games in 2014, starting 26 in right field. In 45 plate appearances, she scored 11 runs and had 11 hits, including a triple. Rothrock also had six assists from the outfield. For her career, Rothrock batted .253 with 23 hits and 17 runs scored. She also had nine runs batted in.
Rothrock was also a varsity cheerleader for the Green Wave from the seventh through 10th grades and played varsity basketball as a sophomore. She served as a student trainer for Jeff Harris at Easley High the last three years. She has been a member of both the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society the last two years. She is also a member of the Health Occupation Students of America. Rothrock is active with the youth group and works in the nursery at Park Place Church of God.
Rothrock is the daughter of John and Kim Rothrock.
Kimbrough was a key member of this year’s team, leading the team as both a pitcher and first baseman. She played for Easley for six years. She has a career .325 bating average, which includes a career best .382 mark this year. She was second on the team this year with 29 hits, and second in runs scored with 25. She had 79 hits in her career, including 20 doubles. She also drove in 37 runs in her career. Kimbrough has committed just 13 errors in 229 chances.
As a pitcher, Kimbrough posted a 10-4 record this year with a 1.51 ERA. She earned 37 victories in the circle for the Lady Green Wave in her career, with a 2.91 career ERA.
Kimbrough was all-region in 2012 and 2014, and has also been named the team’s best offensive player and best defensive player. Also a member of National Honor Society and FFA, she is active in the youth group at Potter’s Clay Fellowship.
Kimbrough is the daughter of Scott and Melissa Kimbrough.
Rothrock and Kimbrough were coached this year by Scott Kimbrough.
Hood started at first base for Easley and was also the closing pitcher.
Hood, a four-year starter for the Green Wave, was one of the offensive leaders during his senior season with a .373 batting average and .500 on base percentage. He hit eight doubles and one home run while driving in 23 runs.
Hood is the son of Sammy and Vanessa Hood. He was coached at Easley by Roger Finley.