Wayne State College head softball coach Shelli Manson has announced the addition of two pitchers to the 2019 Wildcat recruiting class. Joining the Wildcat program for the 2019-20 season are Hadley Chvatal (pronounced – waddle) of Wahoo and Sloan Cooksey of Los Angeles, California. They join five other players – 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 – who signed national letters of intent last November during the NCAA early signing period.
Hadley Chvatal (waddle) is a 5-9 right-handed pitcher from Wahoo Neumann High School where she was a three-year starter in softball and four years in track and field. This season, she set school records with 26 wins (26-10), complete games (37) and innings pitched (207.2) leading the Cavaliers to a Class C runner-up finish with a 27-10 record. Chvatal played on four Class C state tournament teams that included the 2017 Class C State Champion as a junior. She earned Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star Class C First Team All-State honors as a junior and senior and was All-Nebraska Second Team both seasons. Chvatal also excels in the classroom earning Academic All-Conference and All-State honors three years each.
“Hadley is a hard worker both on the field and in the classroom,” commented Manson. “She is a state champion and knows what it takes to win and we are looking forward to seeing how she develops in the coming years. Hadley is another arm that can contribute and will add depth to our pitching staff and excels in the classroom being selected for the RHOP program.”
Sloan Cooksey is a 5-7 right-handed pitcher from Mira Costa High School in California where she is a three-year starter in softball. Last season as a junior, she recorded a 5-2 record and 2.66 ERA in 11 appearances with four complete games and 59 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched. Cooksey was named Most Valuable Player as a freshman and sophomore and has helped her team to back-to-back Bay League Championships the last two years. She is also a Scholar Athlete.
“Sloan has great control and movement with the ability to throw to all planes and mix speeds,” remarked Coach Manson. “She plays at a high caliber in the southern California travel ball circuit and competes against some of the best softball players in the nation. Sloan has great drive and a competitive nature that will enable her to compete at the NCAA Division II level and her work ethic and experience will greatly enhance our established pitching staff.”
Wayne State College is an NCAA Division II school located in Wayne, Nebraska and competes in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.