Polk County's Chloe Young

Chloe Young found the ideal place to begin her post-Polk County academic journey while continuing her softball career.

The Wolverine standout has verbally committed to play softball at Gaston College, joining a program that advanced last season to the National Junior College Athletic Association World Series.

Young, a senior outfielder at Polk County, earned 2A All-State honors last season after hitting .411 for the Wolverines with four home runs and 13 RBI.

“I am very excited to continue my career in softball and still go to school full time,” Young said. “I can’t wait to better myself and continue playing in college.

“I’m honored that the coaches at Gaston have given me the opportunity to play at the next level and can’t wait to start my college career with them.”

Gaston College’s success in 2022-23 came in the program’s first official season. The Rhinos posted a 43-10 record for head coach Mike Steuerwald, who has college and professional coaching experience.

The two-year program will provide Young with the opportunity to begin pursuing a four-year degree while still playing the sport she loves.

“I like how Gaston had different programs available for all students to choose from,” Young said. “I personally want to go into nursing, so I chose to go to Gaston to get my associates in nursing out of the way and transfer to a four-year (school) to pursue what I would like.

“I also liked the coaching staff and players that I have met. I get one-on-one learning from all the coaching to improve my knowledge on the game.”