The better half of Frenchtown’s batting lineup has already committed to play college sports in the near future.
And no I don’t mean the “better half” as in the better players — although they do seem to be pretty good. By most games’ arrangements so far this spring, the first five hitters in the Broncs’ order have already made commitments to play collegiately.
And here’s the thing: not all of them are even softball players.
Leadoff hitter Kayla Blood is one of those. A second baseman during spring time, she plays the guard position during winters and signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball for Concordia University (Ore.).
Next is Josie Anderson, a left fielder during softball season, but Frenchtown’s setter during the volleyball campaign. That’s the one that earned her a spot playing for University of Great Falls next year.
Then of course comes pitcher Morgan Ray, perhaps one of Montana’s most highly touted softball prospect. She committed verbally last February to play for THE Ohio State University.
Next up is Vanessa Stavish, another future something-other-than-softball player. The Broncs’ first baseman will man the post for MSU-Billings’ basketball team next winter. She inked her NLOI in November.
Lastly — at least for now — is Keegan Wickman who will continue her softball career. The third baseman will head to University of Mary (N.D.) to play softball next season.
“Isn’t that amazing?” Frenchtown softball coach Eli Field gushed on the heels of his squad’s sweep through their home Frenchtown Invitational on Saturday. “They’re just good athletes, and you can see it.
“Beyond that, they’re committed to their athletics. They’ve worked hard in the weight room, they’ve worked hard in the classroom. It’s pretty remarkable; they’ve all found themselves a place to play something. They’ve earned it.”
Not bad for a little ol’ Class A school, Field added with a smile.
All are seniors among the group with the exception of Ray, who is a junior.