Wilson to play softball at Queens

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By Robert Howey

Indian Land High School softball standout Adriana Wilson is going just up the road to play at the next level.
Wilson, who played for the ILHS Lady Warriors six years, has signed to play softball at Queens University in neighboring Charlotte.
“I’m super excited about going to Queens to continue my education and softball career,” Wilson said. “I really like the campus. It’s beautiful, really pretty.
“Their softball team is on the rise, too,” Wilson said. “They have a good program and Queens is coming off its best season, so the coach wants us to come and be a part of it and help the program grow and have more success in the future.”
Queens, for the 2018 softball season, posted a 35-17 record, with the 35 wins a school record. The Royals’ 35-17 record earned them a NCAA Division II Southeast Regional at-large bid, their first regional appearance since the 2010 season.
Wilson, in her senior season at ILHS, earned the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. She played second base at ILHS before moving to center field and played her final three seasons in center for the Lady Warriors.
She was an all-region softball selection as a freshman, junior and senior.
ILHS, the 2018 region champion, won the Class AAA District IV championship and advanced to the Class AAA Upper State championship series. The Lady Warriors posted an 18-14 record, including an 8-0 mark in region play.
Wilson hit .531 this season with 50 hits, which included 12 doubles, three triples and a home run, with 33 runs batted in.
She posted a .933 fielding percentage with only two errors.
“Adriana is a hard worker, and will do whatever it takes to make a catch in center field,” ILHS coach Monica Barfield said. “She has been the leader in the outfield for our team the last two years that I have coached her, making outstanding diving catches for outs.
“A very smart hitter with her bat, with fast speed on the bases, Adriana will be hard to replace next year,” Barfield said. “I enjoyed coaching such an all-around outstanding athlete and wish her nothing but the best at Queens. She will do great things for them.”
In addition to softball, Wilson played three years of varsity basketball for the Lady Warriors. She received the team’s Sportsmanship Award in her junior season with the ILHS girls basketball team.
Wilson also ran on the Lady Warriors cross country team for two years, earning all-region honors in each season for the ILHS girls.
In addition to her athletics, Wilson is also a star student. She graduated with a 4.3 grade-point average and highest honors at the ILHS commencement May 25.