High School Sports

Nation Ford sophomore Darby Trull commits to Virginia Tech for softball

Darby Trull was a bit shy during a brief interview with a reporter Friday afternoon.

She’s only a sophomore, but the Nation Ford softball standout will have to get used to the attention after committing to play softball at Virginia Tech two days ago.

Trull has played varsity softball for the Falcons since seventh grade and has started since eighth grade. The lefty center-fielder batted .580 as an eighth grader, and hit .433 last spring as a freshman, earning first team all-region and second team all-area honors, and traversing the whole regular season without striking out.

“She is our leadoff batter that can hit for power, slap for a base hit and is a great bunter to boot,” said Nation Ford coach Michael Kidd. “Darby has great speed and great coverage in the outfield and has one of the strongest arms in the state.”

Trull, who gets A’s and B’s on her report card, plays tennis in the fall for Nation Ford. Outside of that, it’s pretty much all softball.

She was so busy playing travel softball this past summer with Team N.C. that she only had two weekends off. She said she spent that time relaxing in bed all day, but when she was on the softball diamond she was certainly earning her days off. Trull hit .425 as the No. 2 hitter on a team that won the 16-and-under North Carolina state championship and also finished seventh at the ASA Nationals, and fifth in the Triple Crown Nationals.

Trull’s travel team is coached by her father, Ron Trull. Mike Ward’s daughter played softball at Virginia Tech, and Ward, the director of Team N.C., proved to be a valuable resource for Trull in making connections with the ACC school.

Trull made an unofficial visit to the school and loved the hilly town of Blacksburg, Va. She’s not sure what she wants to major in yet, but with Virginia Tech being a large school, it’s likely to have whatever she’s interested in studying two years from now. Trull, who also had a firm offer from Coastal Carolina, seemed relieved to get the recruiting process largely done and dusted.

“Really, I just like to get things done,” Trull said. “I know where I want to go and I don’t have to worry about too much. So I just focus on school now.”

She can now focus on playing her best with her friends for Nation Ford. Maybe she’ll get more than two weekends off next summer too.

“As a coach, I’m lucky to get to coach players like Trull,” said Kidd. “Darby is a true leader, one who is very quiet but leads loudly by example. She is an absolute pleasure to coach and I look forward to her remaining years at NAFO.”