“Goshen College is a good fit for her and she is already taking classes there.”
Brianne O’Dell is a four-year starter and has a .405 career batting average. She has a total of 26 doubles, five triples and three home runs. She has scored 84 runs and driven in 79.
“I really liked the Christian atmosphere at Cedarville. It’s a good atmosphere where I will get the chance to grow both spiritually and academically,” she said.
Butler, Purdue and Ferris State were other schools she considered.
She has been playing for her dad at Northridge.
“Dad has taught me to work hard and that nothing is given to you,” she said.
She plans to study pharmacy.
“I wanted to be in the medical field, but not as a doctor or nurse,” she said.
O’Dell batted a team-high .489 for the Raiders last season as Northridge (26-2) won the NLC championship (14-0), captured a Class 4A sectional and regional title and were ranked No. 2 in the final Coaches Poll.
“Brianne has put up solid numbers,” coach O’Dell said. “Cedarville is a very good fit for her, both from an academic and softball standpoint.”
Brianne O’Dell was a first team all-NLC selection in 2012 and 2013.
Nixon has compiled an impressive 62-5 record with a noteworthy ERA of 1.38 in 427 innings. She has struck out 387 batters and walked 46. She has tossed 21 shutouts.
“The campus, coaches and the academics were everything I wanted in a school,” Nixon said. “I really like the Christian atmosphere at Indiana Wesleyan.”
Purdue North Central, Bethel College and Goshen College were other school she considered.
Pitching came to Nixon is a unique way.
“I saw someone pitching and told my dad that is what I wanted to do,” she said. “I’ve been working at it every day since then.”
She has had a couple of very good role models.