WAYNE – A trio of Wayne State College softball recruits signed their national letters of intent to join the program next school year.
According to a release Wayne State Athletics, Kyndal Colon of Lincoln, Annika Manzanares from Broomfield, Colorado and Sophie Stuart of Kirksville, Missouri will attend Wayne State College for the 2022-23 academic year.
Shelli Manson is in her eighth season as head coach for the Wildcat softball program. WSC went 7-31 (4-22 NSIC) last season.
Colon is a 5-8 catcher from Lincoln East High School where she was a four year letter winner in softball. This season, she posted a .426 batting average with 12 home runs and 37 RBI, helping Lincoln East to a 35-10 record and Class A State Runner-Up finish. Colon was named Class A All-State honorable mention and has been selected to play in next summer’s Nebraska Coaches Association All-Star Game. She is a three-time All-Heartland Conference Academic selection and finished her career with 25 home runs.
“Kyndal is an in-state talent that we are proud to add to our Wildcat family,” said Coach Manson. “She is a very strong athlete who can hit for power and defensively is a great battery-mate and controls the game well. Kyndal is a competitor on the field and in the classroom and we are looking forward to seeing her develop over the next four years.”
Manzanares is a 5-7 outfielder from Holy Family High School in Broomfield, Colorado where she was a three year starter in softball. This season, Manzanares batted .500 with eight home runs and 48 RBI, helping her team to a 25-4 record and the Colorado Class 4A State Championship for the second straight year and third time in four seasons. She was named Class 4A First Team All-State and First Team All-Northern Colorado Athletic Conference this season. Manzanares closed her high school career with a .434 batting average that included 14 home runs and 86 RBI.
“Annika is a driven athlete who knows what it takes to win,” commented Manson. “She is a great teammate who is willing to play multiple defensive positions. Annika is a smooth defender whether at shortstop or in the outfield and has a great bat that can hit for average and power. We are anxious to see what she can do in a Wildcat uniform.”
Stuart is a 5-9 pitcher from Kirksville, Missouri was a four year starter in softball. As a senior, Stuart was 19-4 in the circle with a 1.18 ERA while recording 241 strikeouts leading her team to a 22-6-1 record. She was a Missouri Class 3A First Team All-State selection and was also a First Team All-Region, All-District and All-North Central Missouri Conference honoree. As a batter during her senior season, Stuart hit .350 with 27 hits, one home run and 20 RBI. Stuart closed her high school career as a four-time First Team All-District selection and was First Team All-Conference as a junior and senior.
“We are excited Sophie chose Wayne State,” remarked Manson. “She is a fierce competitor with great mound presence who will make an immediate impact for us. Sophie has a lot of experience at the high school and travel ball levels which will ease her transition to the collegiate level. She has a lot of talent and we can’t wait to see how she progresses under our training program.”
The 2022 Spring season for Wayne State College softball will begin Friday, February 11 – Sunday, February 13 during the Alvy Early Memorial Tournament in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Wayne State College will also be hosting their Wildcat Softball Prospect Camp on Sunday, February 6, 2022 from 8:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Make sure to sign-up now as space is limited, no walks ups accepted. Those age 13-18 will learn from current Wildcat players and staff.
The pitching/catching/defense/hitting/base running camp will take place inside the Wayne State Rec Center. Cost is $100 to attend and includes a t-shirt and lunch. Find more information here (camp website). Contact coach Manson at email@example.com or call 402-375-7522.