Vollenweider to play at Baker U

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Brittany Vollenweider will be progressing her softball skills onto the collegiate level. The Cassville High School senior signed with Baker University, located in Baldwin, Kan., on Tuesday.

Vollenweider pitched for Cassville for all four years of her high school career and might end up doing the same at Baker.

"(Brittany will make an impact) immediately, especially from a pitching standpoint," said Jennifer Rigdon, softball head coach at Baker University. Rigdon also has plans for Vollenweider to play first base.

"My goal is just to go out there and play well," said Vollenweider.

In addition to playing softball all four years Vollenweider also has excelled in basketball and track. Those sports have helped the senior with her versatility.

Also helping Brittany with her ability was her coaching situation for her high school career. She had three different coaches over four years.

"One thing about having three different coaches in four years of varsity softball is that she had to adapt to three distinctly different styles of coaching," said Tony Eagleburger, Cassville softball head coach this year. "I think her adaptability will enable her to step into a college program and roll with the punches right away."

Coach Rigdon felt the same way. "She came up for a try out and I was very, very interested as soon as I saw her," said Rigdon.

What stood out to Coach Rigdon?

"Athletic ability, composure on the field and how well she connected with the rest of the team on the field," commented the coach.

Vollenweider will attempt to become the third person in her family to graduate from Baker as both her parents are alumni, but she insists that was not the big reason for her decision.

"(It) wasn't a big factor, it was more about a place that I could see and was comfortable," said Vollenweider.

Brittany is the daughter of Mark and Melissa Vollenweider, of Cassville.

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