East standout signs with N.C. A&T

Jul. 25, 2014 @ 10:24 AM

After racking up post-season accolades and a state championship, former East Rutherford High School softball shortstop Raven Gray hopes the ride isn’t over yet.

Gray signed with North Carolina A&T in Greensboro to play Division I softball. 

But, it almost didn’t happen.

“I wanted to play Division I softball but I didn’t have anything come my way,” Gray said.

That was until a memorable run by the Cavaliers led to the first girls team state championship for East Rutherford.

That’s when A&T came calling.

And Gray was there to pick up the phone.

“It’s a good school and they gave me the opportunity to play and I’m going to take it,” Gray said.

Gray will be transitioning to a new position with the Aggies.

During the state title run, Gray was a stable between second and third base but she will move to the outfield for A&T.

“They lost their center fielder so that opens up a door,” Gray said. “That’s where I wanted to play.”

During her senior season, Gray had a batting average of .492 with 37 stolen bases and one home run. After the state title run, Gray was named to The Daily Courier All-County team as well as All-District, All-South Mountain Athletic Conference and All-State.

Additionally, Thursday night, she was voted the Cavaliers’ Most Valuable Player at a team event.

“I couldn’t be more proud of her and her work ethic,” said East head coach Laura Hopper-Ray. “She deserves all of this.”

Gray said winning a state title was the perfect end to four years of softball with East Rutherford.

“I wanted a championship since my freshman year,” Gray said. “We had a great team this year and we had a lot of fun.”

Now, the focus is on Greensboro and Aggie softball where Gray hopes the ride that started four years ago, continues.

“I hope to get better at A&T and put a lot of work into it,” Gray said.