NORTH CANTON  After earning a spot in the starting lineup as a junior, Hoover softball outfielder Lauren Massolini did enough on the diamond to earn herself a chance to play at the college level.

Massolini inked her National Letter of Intent with the University of Northwestern Ohio, an NAIA school competing in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference.

Massolini is a two-year letterwinner whose solid outfield defense made her a key cog for the Vikings as they reached the regional final last season. Head coach Jerry Goodpasture pointed to Massolini as the fastest player on the team and with her speed, she is expected to be a force on the base paths for the Vikings again this spring.