Checking in with Chatham County’s collegiate athletes

See how former county athletes are doing on the next level


Spring sports are in full swing at the college level, bringing another chance for past Chatham County athletes to showcase their skills beyond high school.

From the junior college level to Division I, many of the county’s former baseball and softball standouts are making debuts or keeping their college careers alive in 2024. Here’s a look at how they’re doing so far this year as of Monday:

Hailie Edmondson (Softball, Wake Tech, Chatham Charter)

Former Chatham Charter softball standout Hailie Edmondson is playing a significant role in her freshman year at Wake Tech. Playing as an outfielder and a left-handed pitcher, Edmondson has appeared in 28 games and recorded a fielding percentage of .972 with 15 put outs. At the mound, Edmondson has appeared in 15 games with nine starts, and she has struck out 27 batters with 50 earned runs in 42.1 innings. Her .349 batting average is the fifth-best on the team, and at the plate, Edmondson has accumulated 29 hits with one home run. The Eagles have a 10-18 overall record and are 6-12 in conference play.

Sam Murchison (Baseball, UNC Greensboro, Jordan-Matthews)

Pitcher Sam Murchison, a former Jordan-Matthews Jet, is currently in his senior season with UNC Greensboro. This year, Murchison has appeared in two games and pitched a total of nine innings, striking out 11 batters and giving up seven earned runs. He hasn’t appeared in a game since Feb. 23, though, as he’s now out due to injury and is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Murchison had to undergo surgery in the fall of 2022 after suffering an injury that summer. He rehabbed all of last season and last fall, but he still can’t give it a full go this year. UNCG is 16-14 overall and 5-4 in conference play as of Monday.

Noah Carter (Baseball, High Point, Chatham Charter)

Former Chatham Charter pitcher Noah Carter is spending his senior year at High Point after playing at Elon last season. So far, Carter hasn’t seen much action, having only pitched 12.1 innings in 12 appearances. He has 12 strikeouts on the year with an ERA of 4.46. The Panthers have a 16-16 overall record and are 6-3 in conference play as of Monday.

Trevor Golden (Baseball, Guilford Tech, Chatham Charter)

Trevor Golden, a former Chatham Charter pitcher, has made 11 appearances and four starts in his freshman season at Guilford Tech. As of Monday, Golden has pitched in 17.2 innings and thrown 17 strikeouts with an ERA of 16.81. His best performance on the mound came in a 11-0 loss to Cleveland Community College on March 8 in which he struck out four batters and failed to give up an earned run in two innings. Guilford Tech is 5-22 on the season and 3-11 in conference play as of Monday.

Jaylee Williams (Softball, Appalachian State, Chatham Central)

Jaylee Williams, a former Chatham Central softball standout and 2023 Mid-Carolina 1A/2A conference player of the year, hasn’t seen much action in her freshman year at App State. She’s only had two at-bats this season and saw the most time in the Mountaineers’ 12-3 win over East Tennessee State on March 11. In that game she made a catch and an assist from the outfield. Williams also scored a run in App State’s 9-0 win over St. Joseph’s on March 1, and she scored on in App State’s 11-2 win over Monmouth on Feb. 16. App State has struggled as a team this year, going 15-19 overall and going 3-9 in conference play as of Monday.