Montesano’s Bobbi Fry to play softball at Colorado Mesa University

MONTESANO — Bobbi Fry’s softball career, which began when she was a little girl playing T-ball, will continue after this season at Montesano High School.

Fry, a multi-talented varsity basketball and softball player for the Bulldogs, signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball next fall at Colorado Mesa University on Wednesday.

The senior center fielder will receive a combination of athletic and academic scholarships to attend the Grand Junction, Colo. school. She turned down other interest from smaller Div. I and Div. III schools in both softball and basketball to play for the Division II Mavericks.

“The coaching staff is top notch, one of the best in the nation,” Fry said after she signed her letter to Colorado Mesa with family and friends surrounding her at the Montesano High School library.

“I was looking at some other schools in California, but when I met the coach and saw the school, I like this one better,” Fry said. “It is a good fit. The ‘slapping’ coach is very good, someone I can learn from and improve my skills with.”

Fry is a four-year varsity player for Montesano and earned all-Evergreen 1A honors in 2011-12 while helping the Bulldogs qualify for the state 1A tournament in 2010-12.

“Her speed, for one, is very impressive,” Montesano head coach Pat Pace said of Fry. “She covers a lot of ground in the outfield. Plus, she has probably one of the strongest arms we’ve had in the outfield in a long time. She makes every play at home interesting when team challenge her.”

At the plate, Fry currently has a .500 batting average, with a .531 on-base percentage. Over the past two seasons, Fry has a .540 OBP and, adding this year’s stats, has stolen 27 bases on 30 attempts.

“At the plate, she’s a triple threat — she can drag bunt or slap it or swing away with power,” Pace said. “Most coaches, if they have a slapper who can do all three, know they have a great tool for the top of their batting order. And, Colorado Mesa will appreciate her smarts on the basepaths, along with her speed.

“Bobbi is very team-oriented, she’s a leader and she’s positive,” Pace added. She’s the type of student-athlete who’ll be there for four years, because she’s successful in the classroom, too.”

As a senior in basketball, Fry helped Montesano qualify for the Class 1A regionals for the first time in recent memory. Fry was a three-year varsity player for Monte.

Fry plans to study Communications, focusing on Sports Broadcasting, at Colorado Mesa and is looking at a career as a television sideline reporter.

Before heading to Grand Junction, Fry noted she’ll continue playing club softball for Washington Explosion, which is based out of Connell, this summer. She has played traveling club softball since she was 8 years old.

Colorado Mesa University (21-12-1, 19-8-1) is a member of the Division II Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and is currently ranked 10th overall in the NCAA Division II South Central regional rankings.

The Mavericks own seven trips to the NCAA Division II Regional Tournaments and one Elite Eight appearance (in 2000) in the past 20 seasons in softball.

Candace Abrams is in her first season as head softball coach at Colorado Mesa after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at her alma mater, the University of Arizona.

Fry expressed gratitude toward Pace and the Montesano High School softball coaching staff, her parents, Don Fry and Leslie and Brad Russell, and Explosion coach Ron Thompson for their help and support.