By Dave Mast
Every college softball teams love to land a masher. West Liberty University got their’s when the Hilltoppers grabbed Garaway standout slugging first baseman Kaitlyn Stress.
Senior lefty slugger Katelyn Stress has formally signed her National Letter of Intent, and will continue her softball career at West Liberty University in West Virginia. West Liberty is a member of the Mountain East Conference and NCAA Division II.
Stress, who was selected as the 2016 Inter-Valley Conference Player of the Year, has developed into one of the most feared power hitters in the Eastern District. She is coming off one of the greatest individual offensive seasons in Garaway softball history. She led the team in eight offensive categories and set a school record for most hits in a season with 48. Stress posted a .500 batting average, pounding out seven home runs, driving in 46 and scored 35 times. Stress represented the Eastern District this past spring as a member of the all-star team. The team played a two-day schedule of games against all star teams from other districts in Ohio.
Stress was also recognized on the national level for her record-setting 2016 season. At the conclusion of every season, the National Fastpitch Coaches Association recognizes high school players from across the country. Standout players are selected for All-American and All-Region teams. Stress was placed on the North All-Region team as the 2nd team first baseman. The North region includes the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Following her senior season with Garaway softball this spring, Kaitlyn will join the Hilltoppers squad in the fall of 2017. She plans on majoring in accounting.
By Dave Mast