ND’s Bell signs with Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege soft­ball

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­pub.com

SHILOH — North Dorch­ester High’s four-year var­sity soft­ball starter Mered­ith Bell is set to join to col­le­giate ranks when she joins the Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege soft­ball team next sea­son.

Bell, a 2017 se­nior all-star and Bay­side hon­or­able men­tion se­lec­tion, caught and played sec­ond base for the Ea­gles. She will be pur­su­ing teach­ing in col­lege.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited for the fu­ture,” she said. “I’ve been play­ing since I was lit­tle, and I’m sure play­ing in col­lege is a much dif­fer­ent experience. I don’t want to ever stop play­ing. I just can’t say good­bye to this game.

“I al­ways like be­ing around kids and work­ing at a day­care,” she added. “I love see­ing them smile and light up when they learn some­thing new. I like feel­ing that I made a dif­fer­ence for them. I’m very ex­cited to do that too.”

Bell will be join­ing long­time team­mate and pitcher Brooke Mor­ton who also will be play­ing next sea­son for the Skip­jacks who reached the Re­gion XX Fi­nal Four for the ninth con­sec­u­tive sea­son. Bell has caught Mor­ton for many years. The duo have won three District 6 soft­ball cham­pi­onships for Tri-City.

In 2016, Tri-City went 12-1 in the reg­u­lar sea­son, then de­feated Cam­bridge to win the District 6 ti­tle and ad­vance to states.

“This is a very proud mo­ment for a mom to see her mov­ing on to col­lege and still be­ing able to play a game she loves,” said Bobbi Jo Bell, Mered­ith’s mom

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester High soft­ball player Mered­ith Bell is joined by North Dorch­ester As­sis­tant Prin­ci­pal Erin Fitzger­ald, her dad Jeff Bell, mom Bobbi Jo Bell and teacher Cherie Robin­son at a sign­ing cer­e­mony at the school.

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