WAYNE – As programs across the country are adding to their next year’s roster during the NCAA early signing period, so is the Wayne State College Wildcat softball team.
Wildcat head softball coach, Shelli Manson and the WSC Athletics Department announced Wednesday afternoon that six student-athletes will continue their academic and athletic careers at WSC in 2018-19.
Those who signed their national letter of intent include Makenna Adkison of Gilbert, Arizona, Kortney Buresh from Bellevue, Parker Mathews of Indianola, Iowa, Michaela Smith from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kamryn Sparks of Kansas City, Kansas and Kimberly Vidlak of Bennington.
Makenna Adkison is a 5-4 pitcher from Perry High School in Arizona where she is a two-year starter, helping her team to the East Valley Conference championship.
Kortney Buresh is a 5-7 outfielder from Bellevue West High School where she was a four-year starter in softball and two-year captain. Buresh posted a .293 average as a senior with 24 hits and 16 runs scored and holds the school record for career walks. She also excels in the classroom earning Academic All-State honors.
Parker Mathews is a 5-5 infielder from Indianola High School in Iowa where she is a four-year starter in softball. Last season as a junior, she hit .274 with seven homers, 21 RBI, 26 walks and 35 runs scored while helping team to a 34-7 record and was named First Team Little Hawkeye All-Conference. Mathews recorded averages of .432 as a sophomore and .393 in her freshman season.
Michaela Smith is a 5-10 third baseman/outfielder from Linn-Mar High School in Iowa and plays club ball for the Iowa Premier Gold Team. She played on the Iowa USSSA National Championship 15-under team and was selected game MVP and has also earned numerous academic letters with honors in the classroom.
Kamryn Sparks is a 5-5 catcher from Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas. She is a four-year starter and posted a .500 average as a junior to earn First Team Class 4A All-State honors to go with First Team All-Conference honors while helping her team to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament. Sparks hit .438 as a sophomore and .389 as a freshman to help team to state tournament appearances.
Kimberly Vidlak is a 5-4 infielder/utility player from Millard North High School. This season, she batted .483 with 56 hits and 44 RBI’s with just two strikeouts to earn First Team Class A All-State and Second Team All-Nebraska honors while helping team to a fifth place finish at state. Vidlak was a Second Team Class A All-State selection as a junior after recording a .404 average with 42 hits, 27 runs scored and 25 RBI. She holds the single season school records for hits (56) and RBI (44) and OPS (1.280).
The Wayne State College softball team finished 11-39, 5-21 in NSIC play last year. The ‘Cats will open their 2018 schedule with a trip to Bentonville, Arkansas during the 8-State Classic between February 16 – 18.