MIDDLEBURY — When a high school girls softball team posts a 77-8 record over the last three seasons, college coaches are bound to take notice and be interested in recruiting the players.
Three seniors from the highly-successful Northridge Raiders have found themselves in that position and have gotten the college selection process out of the way before their final prep season begins this spring.
Outfielder-pitcher Brooke Maes has decided to go to Goshen College, second baseman Brianne O’Dell to Cedarville University (Cedarville, Ohio) and pitching sensation Haley Nixon to Indiana Wesleyan University.
“This is nice. It’s the first time we’ve had three signings at the same time,” Northridge coach Bo O’Dell said. “This is a good position for any program to be in.”
Maes has a career batting average of .317 with two doubles, two triples and a home run. She has scored 31 runs and driven in 28. As a pitcher, she had a 2.37 ERA over 41 1/3 innings. She has a 4-0 record.
“I have been taking classes there already and I like the professors, the team and the coaches,” Maes said of Goshen College. “I’m relieved to get the decision out of the way so I don’t have to worry about it. I’m glad not to have to send any more letters out.”
Maes has also played some second base.
“I’m not sure which position I’ll play in college,” she said. “I like them all.”
She is glad for the opportunity to play at Northridge.
“Being here had made me a better player and a better person,” Maes said. “I love my teammates and the opportunity to play every day.”
Coach O’Dell said, “Brooke is a three-year regular and a two-year starter in center field. We lost the Schrock sisters (Haley and Madison) to graduation and Brooke is more than ready to step into a leadership role for this season.