Nov. 23, 2005
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn head coach Tina Deese announced Wednesday that Huntsville, Ala., native Anna Thompson has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Auburn softball team in 2007.
Thompson is a highly-celebrated pitcher from Grissom High School in Huntsville. In June, she was named The Huntsville Times' All-Metro Pitcher of the Year for the third season in a row.
"Anna is a player who we are always looking for," Deese said. "She is as complete a pitcher as anyone would find in high school. She is very celebrated at Grissom as shown by all of her awards, and we are excited to see what she will do her senior season. She is going to be a valuable asset for us in the future."
Thompson won her third straight Pitcher of the Year honor after going 33-4 with 562 strikeouts her junior season. She walked just 16 batters in 242.1 innings of work and led Grissom to a 43-12 record. Thompson threw 20 shutouts last season, posting six no-hitters and three perfect games.
Thompson has accumulated 1,618 strikeouts for her career, trailing only Pisgah's Holly Currie for the most in a career in the state of Alabama. Currie holds the state record with 1,730 strikeouts and now pitches for Auburn. Thompson should easily break that record as she set the state single-season record with 613 strikeouts as a sophomore.
"Anna brings a tough attitude to the field and the idea that she will not be beaten," Deese said. "It is special for us to have two of the most celebrated high school pitchers in the state on the same team. It's going to be exciting to see what Holly and Anna can do on the field in 2007."
Thompson brings an impressive awards resume to the Tigers. Her freshman season, she was the All-City Pitcher of the Year in addition to her All-Metro Pitcher of the Year honor. She was also named to the All-City and All-State teams.
As a sophomore, Thompson was named the 6A Player of the Year and Miss Alabama Softball. She joins current Tigers Currie and freshman Tara Donaldson who will be on the 2007 roster and have been named Miss Alabama Softball during their high school career.
Thompson is the third player signed by the Tigers to a National Letter of Intent. On Tuesday, Deese announced that Krista Klein, a Garden Grove, Calif., native and Whitney Wyatt, who hails from Ramer, Ala., had signed with Auburn.
The Tigers open the 2006 season Friday, Feb. 10 at Jane B. Moore Field. Auburn hosts Minnesota, Miami (Ohio), Evansville, North Carolina State and Centenary in the three-day Tiger Invitational.