WOLCOTT — Tri-County senior Odyssey Whitcomb is relishing the chance to play softball at the next level.
Ancilla College in Donaldson, Indiana, is excited to give the four-time all-conference player a chance after signing Whitcomb to a letter of intent recently.
A two-year college, Ancilla recently added softball to its athletic programs. The Chargers are only now beginning to put a full roster together.
Whitcomb is expected to earn playing time right away for first-year coach Tom Anders Jr.
“Coach said I would be getting a lot of playing time,” Whitcomb said. “But he didn’t say where I would be playing position-wise. He did say this year is looking pretty good with the girls he’s bringing in.”
Anders Jr. is the fourth softball coach in four years at Ancilla. He continued to maintain a dialogue with Whitcomb despite not recruiting her initially.
“He kept up with me and asked me how things were going,” Whitcomb said. “He’s a family-oriented guy and he’s also a pastor, which is nice.”
Whitcomb plans to pursue a business degree in her two years at Ancilla, with hopes of developing a photography business in the future. She plans to attend a four-year school after Ancilla where she will take photography classes and possibly continue to play softball.
“I like the size of the classrooms (at Ancilla),” she said. “It’s more one-on-one instead of a classroom full of students. You’re on a first-name basis with your professors.”
Other colleges that caught Whitcomb’s eye were Trine University in Angola, Indiana; Grace College in Winona Lake, Indiana; and St. Mary’s College of Notre Dame.
“I looked at schools for school and softball,” she said, “but Ancilla was the best fit for me.”
Whitcomb set a school record for batting average, hitting at a .629 clip during the 2017 season. She had 135 career hits, including a school-record 44 hits in 2017.
She drove in 92 runs over a four-year high school career and had 27 doubles over that stretch, including 12 in 2017.
The Cavaliers won 28 games with Whitcomb and her classmates in the lineup. Many from the Class of 2019 began playing as freshmen.
Whitcomb and her teammates went out with a bang in the post-season this spring, falling to Clinton Prairie 12-11, which beat the Cavs, 7-1, during the regular season.
The Gophers rallied from three runs down in their final at-bat, scoring four in the walk-off win.
“I was proud of our team,” Whitcomb said. “To go out the way we did in a sectional game like that, I don’t have any complaints at all.”
Whitcomb said she will miss playing alongside classmates Montana Jordan, Chloe Auxier and Kinzi Brooks. Auxier will continue to play college softball at Triton College in Illinois and Brooks will play basketball at Earlham College next winter.
“This year, we played as a team,” Whitcomb said. “We were more of a family and that made it fun for all of us.”