BETHLEHEM, Pa. - One of the most decorated high school softball players to come out of the Lehigh Valley is coming home.
Former Catasauqua standout Hannah Edwards is transferring to Lehigh, where she will join Fran Troyan's program.
Lehigh made the official announcement today, which reads as follows:
Lehigh head coach Fran Troyan has announced that outfielder Hannah Edwards will be joining the Mountain Hawks in the fall of 2017. Edwards, a Lehigh Valley product who was valedictorian of Catasauqua High School’s Class of 2016, played her first year at the University of Pittsburgh. She will have three years of eligibility remaining.
"We knew Hannah well coming out of Catasauqua high school,” Troyan said. “Because she was recruited so early in her high school career we never had an opportunity to show her everything that Lehigh has to offer. Hannah is the consummate student athlete and will represent Lehigh in a tremendous way both in the classroom and on the field. We are excited to welcome Hannah to our softball family."
Edwards earned local, state, and national recognition for her performance on the softball field while in high school. She was named the Morning Call Player of the Year in her junior and senior seasons, as well as the Pennsylvania State Player of the Year in those same seasons. Six Pennsylvania state records have Edwards’s name next to them in the books as well, including career stolen bases (192), career runs scored (158), and career hits (207). Edwards was the No. 7-ranked recruit nationally in the Class of 2016 according to FloSoftball.
As a member of the Pitt Panthers in 2017, Edwards appeared in 43 games with 38 starts. She batted .274 and scored 15 runs. Edwards led Pitt with three triples and seven sacrifices while tying for the team lead with 11 stolen bases.
In addition to her decorated high school career, Edwards played her club softball for the Pennsylvania Chaos Gold, where she was a teammate of rising Lehigh sophomore Reva Alderman.
During her high school career, Edwards demonstrated excellence in the classroom and in leadership. She earned the top GPA in her graduating class and was involved with several student engagement groups, including the National Honor Society and Student Council.
Edwards will be entering Lehigh’s College of Arts and Sciences in the fall with an anticipated major of psychology. She will be the fifth newcomer to join the Mountain Hawks in the fall, along with incoming freshmen Payton Alsobrooks, Allyson Dibsie, Lainey Stephenson and Sophie VanAcker.