WAYNE – Just like baseball, the Wayne State College softball team released information about individuals who will attend WSC and play softball during the 2019-20 school year.
According to a release, head softball coach Shelli Manson announced the addition of five players who recently signed their national letters of intent during the fall NCAA signing period.
The list includes Natalie Arbizu of Gilbert, Arizona, Madison Gomez from Glendale, Arizona, Riley Holmberg of Surprise, Arizona, Clare Reinhart from Omaha and Paiton Tornberg of Surprise, Arizona.
Natalie Arbizu is a 5-6 outfielder from Perry High School in Gilbert, Arizona. She is a three-year letter winner and helped her team reach the Arizona Class 6A State Playoffs the last two seasons. Arbizu had a .313 average with 21 hits in 2018 and batted .320 during the 2017 season.
Madison Gomez is a 5-4 shortstop/utility player from Ironwood High School in Glendale, Arizona where she is a three year starter. As a junior (2018) she hit .494 with two homers and 34 RBI, earning All-District and All-Region honors. Gomez produced a .457 average during her sophomore season (2017) with seven homers and 33 RBI and received All-District and All-Region honors.
Riley Holmberg is a 5-10 outfielder from Shadow Ridge High School in Surprise, Arizona. As a junior, Holmberg hit .339 preceded by a .317 average as a sophomore and .333 during freshman season. Holmberg received SA Northwest All-Region Second Team honors as a freshman and sophomore.
Clare Reinhart is a 5-9 catcher from Omaha Duchesne High School where she was a four year starter and letter winner. She served as a team captain for the last two years and hit .500 as a junior with 38 hits and 23 RBI and had just three passed balls in 137 innings behind the plate. Reinhart is a two-time All-River Cities Conference and Class B All-State honorable mention selection.
Paiton Tornberg is a 5-6 third baseman/utility player from Shadow Ridge High School in Surprise, Arizona where she is a four-year letter winner. As a junior, she posted a .333 average with a 1.000 fielding percentage. Playing for Willow Canyon HS as a sophomore, Tornberg was Second Team All-Region after recording five doubles, 17 hits, 13 RBI and 15 runs scored.
The Wayne State softball team finished the 2018 season with a record of 16-29 overall and placed 11th in the NSIC with a league mark of 10-16. WSC will open 2019 play in Bentonville, Arkansas on February 15 during an 8-State Classic.