Six sign with Wildcat softball team

Wayne State College softball coach Shelli Manson announced that six student-athletes have signed national letters of intent during the NCAA early signing period to continue their academic and athletic careers at Wayne State College in 2018-19.The new Wildcats include Makenna Adkison of Gilbert, Ariz., Kortney Buresh from Bellevue, Parker Mathews of Indianola, Iowa, Michaela Smith from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kamryn Sparks of Kansas City, Kan., and Kimberly Vidlak of Bennington.

Adkison is a 5-foot-4 pitcher from Perry High School in Arizona where she is a two-year starter, helping her team to the East Valley Conference championship.

“Makenna plays a very elite level of travel ball and has faced great competition her whole career,” said Manson. “We’re very excited to see her make the transition to our level as a pitcher and hitter.”

Buresh is a 5-foot-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.

“Kortney is a very good outfielder and has the speed and athleticism to help rebuild our outfield in the coming years,” remarked Coach Manson. “She will add a lot of speed to the base paths as well.”

Mathews is a 5-foot-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.

“Parker is a very strong, disciplined infielder with a big bat,” stated Manson. “She is very versatile and will have the opportunity to contribute in many different positions for us.”

Smith is a 5-foot-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-foot-under team and was selected game MVP and has also earned numerous academic letters with honors in the classroom.

“We’re very excited to have Michaela part of our program,” commented Manson. “She swings a heavy bat with a lot of power and is also very versatile on defense.”

Sparks is a 5-foot-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.

“Kamryn comes from a strong high school and travel ball background,” said Coach Manson. “She is an outstanding hitter and catcher and we’re excited to see what she can do at this level.”

Vidlak is a 5-foot-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).

“Kim is a jack of all trades – speed, power and solid defense,” Manson said. “She will be a strong addition to an already strong freshman class for 2018-19.”

The Wayne Herald

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