WOODLAWN - Wabash Valley College softball coach Paul Schnarre added one more name to his recruiting class for 2018-19 after signing Woodlawn’s Kalyn Crider Friday afternoon.
“We’re happy to add Kalyn to our roster,” said Schnarre. “Obviously she’s a pretty versatile player. We’re looking for her to mainly play third-base and pitch. We think, defensively, she’s an outstanding player. Offensively, she’ll give us a sock to our line up. Obviously, she can help us out with our pitching core.”
The Warriors finished as co-champions of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and a 52-8 mark overall.
Crider plays for the class A Woodlawn Lady Cardinals, who compete in the Midland Trail Conference.
“I met them at a tournament over at Kaskaskia,” said Crider of the recruiting processes. “We hit it off from the get-go. We talked for an hour and a half. It’s pretty cool to have a connection with the coach. I get to stay with them for the next two years.”
Schnarre says that Crider is his team’s 10th player signed with hopes of adding one more to complete the class.
“I feel pretty good about the players we’ve signed,” said Schnarre. “We have a wide range. We have 10 signees right now for this upcoming class. We’re going to add one more player. We’re looking for one more pitcher. It’s going along really well.”
Crider’s high school coach Matt Patterson says WVC is getting a player that works hard and has earned everything she’s accomplished.
“I’m super excited for her,” said Patterson. “That’s a really good program. A bigtime program and for her to get that opportunity to play over there is just a testament to how hard she works at it and how much time she puts into it.
“She’s a tireless worker, especially in softball. She puts the time in and works at it and the results have really shown that. She’s a really good hitter with a lot of power. She’s getting a good overall player. She should help immediately.”
Crider noted that Wabash Valley wasn’t one of her original schools she was considering, but once she started talking to the coaches and visited the campus, she was sold on the idea of signing with the Warriors.
“They weren’t on my radar at first,” said Crider. “When I talked with them at Kaskaskia and went over for a visit I fell in love with the campus. They have a beautiful lake and trees. The coaches were all really nice. The head coach, he’s a hall of fame coach, I’m excited.”