DURHAM, N.C. – After dominating in the circle the last four years at Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek, Ga., star pitcher Angelina Biele joins the Duke Blue Devils softball program as the second member of head coach Marissa Young's standout 2018 signing class.
“I knew that Duke, being one of the top academic schools in the nation, would be able to provide me with riveting education, strong athletics, and many opportunities to unlock my future,” Biele said on her decision to sign with the Blue Devils.
Biele, who ranked 64th in FloSoftball’s Hot 100 Rankings, brings a strong repertoire of pitches and a high softball IQ which she has demonstrated over an impressive four-year career at Mount Pisgah and on the travel circuit with Team Georgia and the EC Bullets. She paced her high school squad to an 18-6 record and a playoff appearance, racking up over 100 strikeouts in her senior season. For her efforts, Biele landed GHSA All-Region and All-State honors.
The ace’s top season came two years ago, when Biele reeled off 179 strikeouts and held opposing batters to a .171 clip. Her dominance in the circle led the Patriots to the quarterfinals of the state playoffs while earning her all-region laurels as well.
Biele has also been a threat at the plate, hitting over .400 her senior season and posting a .338 clip the year prior. Her junior campaign saw her record 11 doubles, two triples and a homer en route to posting a .562 slugging percentage.
The Georgia native opened her travel ball career in 2013 with Team Georgia, helping her squad reach ASA Nationals. From there she moved to the EC Bullets, where she currently plays with fellow signee Kristina Foreman. Biele tallied 110 strikeouts in 106.1 innings of work her first season with the Bullets, helping her squad reach the ASA Nationals. The next three years have seen Biele’s pitching expertise lead the Bullets to a fifth-place showing in the 2017 PGF Nationals. Biele and the Bullets also made a third-place showing in the 2017 Junior Olympic Cup.
Off the field, Biele has been a stud in the classroom. She has been a member of the National Art Honor Society since her sophomore year and is a three-time honor roll honoree. She is also a part of the Future Business Leaders of America.
Favorite Softball Memory?
“One of my favorite softball memories is during high school season last year at second round of playoffs. The game that sent us to the state playoffs. It was a one run game, bottom of the last inning with two runners on and I struck out the last batter to send us to Columbus, Ga. Just thinking about that game and the pressure makes my heart race out of excitement.”
How Did You Get Started Playing Softball?
“I originally started baseball when I was five, but once I turned eight my father thought it would be best for me to switch to softball. I had always been infatuated with the sport and I am eager to compete at the next level.”
Who Has Made The Biggest Impact On Your Life?
“My mother has always done her best to represent a strong woman in my life. She continues to motivate me to work harder and strive to be the best of my ability.”
Goals Upon Graduation?
“My goals upon graduation would be to have found a field of study that I am truly passionate about and be ready to take on a career on my desired track. I am very fascinated with science, so I hope to study in that field.”
“Outside of athletics, I am an avid reader. I also enjoy painting and sketching in my free time.”
“One of my favorite athletes would have to be Anna Swafford. She is a former Georgia softball player and one of my current high school softball coaches. She is constantly mentoring me to both improve my athletics and my life skills. She teaches me about adapting to certain situations and behaving like a true leader on my team.”
If You Could Play Any Other Sport In College You Would Pick?
“I would play basketball because it is such an intense sport and I used to play competitively. I loved basketball for its quickness and constant energy around the court.”
Best Advice You’ve Ever Received?
“One of my favorite teachers once quoted Maya Angelou to me, ‘May we encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.’ She wanted to remind me that no matter what minor or large physical failure I face in life, I must never let it defeat my spirit, intensity, nor my determination.”
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