GOSHEN, Ind. – Fifth-year Goshen College softball head coach Lee Mast has announced his 2012-13 recruiting class. The group of seven incoming players has already completed fall scrimmages with the Maple Leafs and is currently continuing preparations for the full spring season.
Mast and the Maple Leafs will open the 2013 campaign with their annual trip south, playing Warner University, Southeastern University, and Webber International in Florida.
Northridge HS (Middlebury, Ind.)
A local standout, Wingard helped Northridge High School to semi state and a 30-2 overall record as a senior. A four-year starter, Wingard has been named All Northern Lakes Conference, Second Team All State, and participated in the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association all-star softball classic.
"Brittany is a very gifted and talented athlete," Mast said. "We are just thrilled to have Brittany get her college degree here at Goshen College, plus have her local fans come out and watch her play."
Anderson University (Middlebury, Ind.)
After one year at Anderson University, Doutlick will transfer to Goshen and join Northridge High School teammate Brittany Wingard on the Maple Leaf roster. As a senior at Northridge, Doutlick batted .407 overall and .421 in Northern Lakes Conference play where she was a two-time all league selection.
""Kerri will be a great addition in the infield and might help out in the catching department," Mast explained. "She is a great fit for the Goshen College softball program."
Mississinawa HS (Union City, Ohio)
A four-year starter and team captain, Kylee Welch holds the career and single-season strikeout records at Mississinawa High School. She was named team MVP and Golden Glove and was also a cross country all league honorable mention pick.
"Kylee came to my softball camp last year and I took notice to how well she adjusted to correction and that she wanted to get better," Mast said. "She has great control of her pitches and we are excited to have her."
De La Salle HS (Alsip, Ill.)
In addition to staring for De La Salle High School, Morgan Owens was part of the Illinois Outlaws 18U travel team. She will be studying to become a veterinarian at Goshen College.
"Morgan can play just about any place that you put her, she just gives us depth on the field," Mast explained. "Her nickname is 'sunshine' and I asked her travel coach why they called her that. She has 'because everything that you ask her to do, she will just give yoga smile and does it without hesitation."
Moundridge HS (McPherson, Kans.)
A shortstop and pitcher for Moundridge High School in McPherson (Kans.), Flickner batted .387 with 24 doubles and three triples as a junior and was a two-time All-Heart of American League selection for the Wildcats.
"We are pleased to have Abby coming to continue her education here at Goshen College," Mast said. "She is a lead off hitter with speed and can hit from either side."
Lafayette HS (Wildwood, Mo.)
Mueller is a catcher for Lafayette High School as well as the high-level Worth Prospect travel team. The Worth team won the NSA World Series in Charlotte (N.C.) at the 14U level and finished in the top 50 in the ASA/ USA 2010 season.
"Kourtney will have the chance to learn a lot from Kelsey Morris during her senior year and will be ready to step in to take over that spot the following year," Mast explained. "She brings a lot of experience and leadership behind the plate."
Off the field, Mueller is involved in a community service activity called KEEN (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), which works with autistic children and those affected with Down Syndrome.
Norwell HS (Ossian, Ind.)
A four-year starter at Norwell High School, Chilton is a switch hitter at the plate and strong defender in the outfield.
"Morgan is going to make our outfield much stronger with her speed," Mast explained. "She also brings lots of speed on the bases path, plus she can switch hit to go along with being a very good slapper."
During her time at Norwell, Chilton has racked up numerous awards for her athletic abilities on the field. Some of these include being named all conference, being among the top 100 in the state in batting average (.395), Fort Wayne Journal Gazette All Area stolen base leader, Wells County Voice Athlete of the Week, and being a three-time Wells County Voice New Holland Player of the Game.