Kristin Staley, formally of Mount Gilead, now a senior at Bayshore High School, signed her national letter of intent to attend and play softball at Flagler College, a NCAA Div II College in St. Augustine, Fla., during the early signing period.
Staley and her family moved to Bradenton as she started her junior year, and she was part of the 2013 Bayshore Lady Bruins softball team that took a deep run in the FHSAA State tournament.
Staley plays second base at Bayshore and also plays travel ball for the Central Florida Stingrays Gold 18U team. She will be a four-year varsity letter-winner in softball. She lettered as a freshman and sophomore at Mount Gilead, lettered as a junior at Bayshore and will be a team captain this year. She was named honorable mention all area team by the Mansfield News Journal in 2012 as a sophomore and honorable mention 2013 all area team from Manatee and Sarasota Counties. She is a three-time game MVP for the Queen of Diamonds individual showcase, and named to the All First Team Queen of Diamonds in September 2013. She also was chosen to represent Team USA in the 2013 European Cup Tournament, where she traveled to the Netherlands to play international softball.
Staley is the daughter of Brent and Teresa Staley. She has an older sister, Alissa, in Ohio, and a younger brother, Alex, who attends Sugg Middle School. She plans on majoring in sports management with a minor in marketing.