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Tuesday morning in Halifax Academy's gym in front of teammates, coaches, Halifax staff, friends and family, Ashlyn Cooke, senior pitcher for the Halifax Academy Lady Vikings, signed her letter of intent to play softball for the Pitt Community College Bulldogs at the college level.

Cooke began playing T-Ball in the Roanoke Valley Girls Softball League at the age of 4 and continued in the league for many years helping to represent the community as a member of the Roanoke Valley Girls Softball All Star Teams.

She began playing travel softball at the age of 7 with RV Power, then moved on to the Carolina Elimininators until many of her teammates graduated and currently plays for the Carolina Storm Surge Gold.

Cooke began her career on the Halifax Academy Varsity softball team as a 7th grader and is looking forward to her senior year. During her time as a Lady Viking, Cooke has been on 2 State Championship teams and 1 State Runner Up team.

Also during her time as a Viking, she has received numerous awards including All Conference, All State, Viking Award, and last year’s Conference Player of the Year.

Ashlyn is the daughter of Jason and Heather Cooke of Halifax, NC and has an older brother, Bryce.

Halifax Academy head coach Steve Hamill stated, "Ashlyn is a very disciplined player and a workhorse. I am glad I had the opportunity to be part of her softball career at Halifax.:"

Pitt's coach Amy Gardner stated she has watched Cooke over the years on the field and her actions with her team and knew she would be a great addistion to Pitt Communty College as a Bulldog,

Photos by Randy Wrenn