GOSHEN, Ind .- Goshen College Head Softball Coach Lee Mast is filling up his 2013-14 recruiting class with the addition of seven talented student-athletes.
Lea Buckenmeyer- Kansas, Ohio
As a member of the Lakota HS softball team, Buckenmeyer is a two-time 1st team all conference performer, 1st team All Cincinnati Enquirer, and 2nd team All-Ohio.
During her junior season, she pitched to a 19-7 record with a 1.20 ERA and 1.01 WHIP, while striking out 133 batters and only walking 33. At the plate, she batted .432 with a school-record 43 RBIs, a .705 slugging percentage, and .481 on-base percentage.
Along with her athletic success, Lea has accomplished a lot in the classroom. Buckenmeyer was #1 in her class of over 700 students with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to major in Physical Therapy at Goshen College.
Miranda Robles- Las Vegas, Nev.
Miranda played high school softball for Bishop Gorman High School. During her junior season she hit .440 with a .880 slugging percentage and a .790 on base percentage.
Coach Mast said, " It is a pleasure to have the caliber player of Miranda Robles coming to Goshen College. She is a very talented athlete and will be playing either outfield or catching for us."
Melanie Lambert- Chicago, Ill.
Rated as one of the top 100 softball players in the Chicagoland area, Melanie played for Crete-Monee High School. As a junior, she had some impressive numbers posting a .473 batting average, with 45 RBI, and .541 on-base percentage. She also plays travel ball for the Illinois Outlaws.
Coach Mast said, " She will probably play at the corners for us in the near future. Melanie works extremely hard on and off the field, we are pleased to have her."
Melanie plans to study physical therapy at Goshen College.
Krista Sutliff- Santa Clarita, Calif.
Krista comes from Vasquez High School in Califonia. She brings a strong bat to the Goshen lineup, including a .355 batting average last season with 19 RBIs. Coach Mast said, " Krista is a great contact hitter and sees the ball very well, while being very selective at the plate, plus she is a speedy base runner."
Krista helped lead her team to back-to-back Desert Mountain League Championships in 2011 and 2012.
"We are delighted to have Krista Sutliff, a great student-athlete coming to Goshen College," Coach Mast said.
Caitlyn DeLong- Bradley, Ill.
Another versatile player, Caitlyn brings the ability to play both infield and outfield to the Goshen softball program. Coach Mast describes her saying, "Caitlyn is a versatile player with good speed. She is patient at the plate and isn't afraid to make the tough plays."
As a member of the Bishop McNamara Catholic High School softball team Caitlyn helped her team to the Regional Semi Final game, where she hit two home runs. She also plays travel ball for Team Oaks Stars, coached by Laura Harms, a former player for the Chicago Bandits.
Caitlyn plans to major in Biology at Goshen College.
Maizie Wickersham- Flora, Ind.
As a member of the Carroll High School softball team, Maizie helped her team to a State Semi Finals appearance in 2012. Playing in the outfield, she brought a strong bat to the plate, last season hitting for a .500 batting average. She also played travel ball with the Indiana Shockwaves.
Coach Mast said, "Maizie is a good outfielder who brings strong vocal leadership skills" Wickersham plans to major in Communications here at Goshen College.
Emily Cole- Frankfort, Ill.
As a member of Lincoln-Way North HS softball team Emily caught the eye of Coach Lee Mast. "Emily is probably the best slapper that I have seen in recent years. She is a great infield/outfielder with speed. We are just really delighted to have her join the Maple Leaf softball program."
The daughter of John and Casmira Cole, Emily will be coming to Goshen in the fall and plans to get her degree in Nursing.