Softball: Aubrey shortstop signs with Providence

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Aubrey’s Logan Even, seated between her parents, Patty and Anthony Even, signs her national letter of intent with Providence College on Thursday morning at Aubrey High School. Standing, from left, are Even’s select coach Mark Kuss, Aubrey High School principal Jeff Mulkey, Aubrey softball coach Shon Ranton, brothers Seth and Kyle Even and Aubrey athletic director Darryl Hellman.

AUBREY — A double-take was as much a part of the routine as “Hey, batter, batter!” and postgame snow cones whenever the Even twins took the field together for the Yankees and Rangers in Denton Boys Baseball peewee league games.

That double-take was in order, but not because they are identical twins. Definitely, they are not.

“It was funny watching all the other guys. They’d get out there, look around, and say, ‘Oh, there’s a girl playing baseball,’” Kyle Even recalled, speaking about his sister, Logan. “But I enjoyed playing with her. She was wonderful at baseball.”

Turns out Logan Even is pretty good at softball, too.

Three times all-district and twice named to the all-area softball team, the shortstop kicked off her final season at Aubrey High on Wednesday by signing scholarship papers to start a college career at Providence College.

The school with an undergraduate enrollment of just under 4,000 in Providence, R.I. — best known in these parts for its men’s basketball team — is a member of the Big East Conference.

Even is the first softball player from her school to sign with a NCAA Division I program, Aubrey High head coach Shon Ranton said.

“Playing college softball has been my dream ever since I was a little girl and started playing the game,” said Even, who gave up baseball in favor of softball at age 8. “This is an awesome opportunity for me to play Division I softball.”

Even has fashioned a batting average higher than .500 for Aubrey the past two seasons, helping Ranton’s team to the Class 3A playoffs each time. Her hitting stats last spring included a .529 average topped by 14 doubles and 32 RBIs. She also made good on 96 percent of her chances in the field.

When not playing for her high school team, Even plays travel ball for American Freedom Gold, an 18-and-under team composed of players from Texas and Louisiana that holds five-hour practices in Dallas and travels to tournaments all over the country.

Logan is headed to California this weekend with her parents, Anthony and Patty Even, to play in a tournament with her travel team.

The family took two visits to the Providence campus, the first last year before Christmas and the second as an expense-paid “official” visit in September.

“The weather was beautiful,” Logan reported. “The campus was amazing. I’ve never been away from my family, so I want to go see the world. This will let me see what it’s like [living] on the East Coast.”

When she’s not on the road with travel ball or busy with Aubrey High practices, Even fills the gaps by working out at home. There’s always a game of catch with one or both of her brothers, Kyle, 17, and Seth, 15. She works on her swing in a home batting cage.

“Softball is an everyday, year-round thing for me,” she said.

And she has a fan in Ranton.

“Logan has been the epitome of a team leader,” he said. “She’s someone who always gives you the best effort they can. She leads by example. She’s a very solid hitter, and she’s a very solid fielder with a strong arm. And she always knows the situation.”

A senior year of high school play is next up for Even. Aubrey’s team should include eight seniors for 2013, its first season in District 10-3A, where Celina is expected to be the favorite.

Preseason practice begins in January.

“It’s real close,” Even said of her senior campaign for Aubrey. “Being in a new district is exciting. We really don’t know what the competition’s like. But I’m excited to start the season off.”

 


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