By Rachel Epperly, Bailey Marshall, Olivia Hoye, and Cameron Hildebrand
On Friday, March 8th, 2019 Cameron Hildebrand signed a commitment to play softball for Randolph-Macon College. Her family, coaches, and friends were all there to show their support.
Cameron has been playing softball since she was four years old. She played on a recreational softball team until she was nine, then she began playing travel. Playing for the Scrappers, Richmond Diamonds, Richmond Ruckus, and Maroon Crush, this is when Cameron first started loving the sport and diving into the fundamentals. Cameron has used softball as a way to relieve stress, “It takes my mind off things when I’m stressed,” she says.
Cameron began her high school softball career with the goal of playing on a college team in mind. Cameron played Varsity her freshman year where she has hit and played center field ever since. Being on Varsity for four years has allowed Cameron to play with a variety of different players and experience many different team dynamics which has made her a well-rounded athlete.
As a freshman, she was selected to First Team All-Pioneer District and First Team All-Conference 38. As a sophomore, she kept challenging herself to reach excellence. She was selected to the First Team All-Conference 38 and First Team All-Region C as well as being named to Second Team All-State in 2A softball. As a junior, Cameron reached many milestones during her career. She maintained an on-base percentage of .700 throughout the 2018 season. Cameron had a batting average of .475 with a slugging percentage of .705. She created 17 singles, 10 doubles, and 2 triples while driving in 18 runs. She led the team in walks and run scored respectively with 24 and 33. She was named First Team All-Three River District and First Team All-Region 2C for the second year in a row. She was selected to First Team All-State 2A and Second Team All-Timesland for the Roanoke Times Newspaper.
Cameron chose Randolph-Macon because of the beautiful campus along with the welcoming coaches and staff. The location was also a winning factor in her decision because of its convenient proximity to Richmond and less than two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Virginia Beach. Macon’s close-knit community houses around 1,453 undergraduate students on the 116-acre campus. Their softball program is a part of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, playing teams in the surrounding area such as Lynchburg, Bridgewater, and Ferrum. As of now, Macon is nationally ranked at #24 with a record of 11-4.
At Cameron’s signing, her father and coaches shared some touching words about her high school softball career and how proud they are of her accomplishments. Tim Jennings, the athletic director at James River said that “even though Cameron is an outfielder, she’s really known for her batting. This is a very exciting day. Cameron has had a lot of success and is an all-around good kid.” Jennings also told her parents, that they have “raised a very special young lady.”
Cameron’s dad, Shawn Hildebrand, closed the signing by saying, “Thank you to everybody. We appreciate your support.”
Cameron is excited to continue her softball career and education for the next four years at Randolph-Macon. She will be majoring in Biology with a possible minor in Spanish. She has plans to become a physician assistant upon the completion of her undergraduate education. JR Knightly News is incredibly proud of Cameron’s success and we look forward to all that she will accomplish at Randolph Macon. We have been so honored to have her on our staff!