Adreienne Acton chooses Wildcat Softball

Like Taryne Mowatt, Marana HS (Marana, Ariz.) infielder Adrienne Acton she knew she would end up in the Arizona blue and red. Acton is one of the two newest standout local players Arizona softball coach Mike Candrea recruited in 2004.

Acton speaks louder than words By Special to Cat Tracks "They have the tradition, great players and coaches and I have wanted to go there since I was 8 years old," said Acton, who chose Arizona over BYU, Cal, UCLA and ASU. "In the end it was my decision, my parents were behind me 100 percent." While Arizona was always in the driver's seat, Acton's official campus visit helped to seal the deal.

"On my visit we went to the football game," said Acton, who earned first-team all-state and second-team All-American honors. "They were losing pretty bad but I met the girls and coaches and stuff so it was cool."

A slap-hitter with speed on the pads, Acton models her game after her Wildcat idol, former standout Alison McCutcheon. But while many a young softball player has dreams of playing for a program the caliber of Arizona, Acton has been able to deliver. She has turned heads on the diamond throughout her career.

"At 12 Under Nationals I hit a home run to win the game and it was my first home run too, so it was really special," Acton said.

Acton is capable of playing any infield position, although her signature spot is second base. It is likely she will bat ninth in the order in an effort to give the UA speed and punch at the bottom of the lineup.

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