The Catawba Valley Community College softball program has added two more players to its now 18-member first signing class in school history.
Payton Goble, a Bunker Hill High School graduate, is transferring to CVCC from fellow Region 10 member Surry, and the Red Hawks are also adding Gaffney High School product Tatum Arboleda.
Goble joins the Red Hawks after playing her freshman year at Surry Community College in Dobson. The pitcher and outfielder posted a great freshman season, pitching 81.1 innings with a team-best 3.70 ERA. Goble was also tied for most wins with an 8-5 record.
Also excelling at the plate, Goble posted a .363 batting average, scoring 27 runs and driving in 26.
“Payton transferring in with a year of college experience is huge for our team,” said CVCC head softball coach Josh Bumgarner. “Her pitching and bat will be big for us this coming year.”
In high school, Goble was named all-conference, all-district and all-state three straight years from 2016-18. During the 2017 season with the Bears, she was named the District 7 Player of the Year.
Goble posted a .468 career batting average while at Bunker Hill with 42 extra base hits, 47 RBIs and 59 runs scored. In the circle, she recorded a 3.26 ERA with a 10-4 record in 101 innings pitched.
“ I am excited about coming home to play softball and for this opportunity,” Goble said. “I can’t wait for it to start and to start winning.”
Arboleda comes to CVCC after a successful high school playing career. She played varsity softball at Byrnes High School in Duncan, South Carolina, from 2015-18 before finishing her senior season at Gaffney High School.
Arboleda received all-region and all-state honors three times and helped lead her Byrnes teams to a state championship and runner-up finish during her eighth grade and freshman seasons.
She finished her high school career with a .436 batting average, 37 RBIs and 37 runs scored.
“ I have played softball for so long and for it to not be over — this is another chance for me to continue in softball and achieve bigger things,” Arboleda said. “It is exciting to join the new softball team at CVCC. It gives us an opportunity to set a tone for the program.”
A utility player that can play catcher and middle infield, Arboleda also has the ability to pitch, tossing 134 innings in high school with a 1.65 ERA, 95 strikeouts and an 18-4 record.
“ Tatum plays multiple positions and that will give our lineup options going forward,” Bumgarner said. “She has big-game experience winning a state title in softball down in South Carolina, and we will use that experience as we build our program.”