FORMER TIGER STAR SIGNS WITH NC STATE
StaceyPageOnline / Sports on Wednesday, November 14, 2018
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Once a face in the crowd, Grace Johnson is making quite a name for herself in the softball world. Wednesday afternoon, Johnson wrote her name down to continue that incline.
Johnson signed her National Letter of Intent at Northwest Guilford High School to continue her softball career at North Carolina State, surrounded by family and friends.
Johnson’s name is a familiar one in Warsaw. Grace grew up in the Warsaw school system, playing volleyball and softball at Warsaw Community High School as a freshman. Her parents, Jay and Heather, both coached softball at Grace College. Jay, however, chose to take a job at Elon College in North Carolina during Grace’s freshman season at Warsaw, and Heather chose to resign from Grace following that year to move the family to the Tar Heel state.
Grace’s freshman year with Warsaw softball in 2016 saw her crush the ball, hitting .442 with 15 runs scored and 17 RBI. What was more notable about that was Warsaw as a team hit just .242. Johnson led the Tigers in 10 offensive categories that season.
At Northwest Guilford as a sophomore, she hit .455 with 35 hits including eight doubles and a homer, 30 runs, 22 RBI and 11 stolen bases. Junior season was even better, hitting .475 with 28 hits including eight doubles and two homers, 33 runs, 30 RBI and 18 stolen bases. Her on-base percentage in two years for the Vikings is .542 and improved her fielding percentage from .955 as a freshman to .975 as a junior, making three errors in 120 chances last season.
Johnson also found success with travel programs LIDS Indiana Dreams, Indiana Lazers and her current team, Firecrackers NC.
Johnson joins a class of five for coach Jennifer Patrick-Swift. The Wolfpack, part of the Atlantic Coast Conference, finished 23-31 (5-18 ACC) last season, and have a three-game series scheduled at Notre Dame next April, giving Johnson and the Wolfpack an appearance in northern Indiana.
Johnson, who verbally committed to NC State earlier this year, was ecstatic to sign on the dotted line.
“I’ve been blessed with many opportunities and great people who have built me into the person and athlete I am today,” Johnson said Tuesday night ahead of her signing. “My time in Indiana was truly foundational in helping me make my dream become a reality. I’m grateful for coach Patrick and coach Swift for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream of playing Division 1 softball at the highest level. I can’t wait to see where the Lord leads me these next four years!”