FELICITY – Sandy Woodmansee’s next strike in a softball game will come some 155 miles away in Lima, Ohio.
The Felicity-Franklin three-year starting pitcher recently signed to play for the University of Northwestern Ohio in the NAIA.
“I can get my Masters in four years there,” Woodmansee said. “They have a really nice softball program up there, too.”
The plan after August orientation is for Woodmansee to begin her education and play for the Racers’ junior varsity.
“They have senior pitchers and a freshman probably is not going to pitch varsity,” Woodmansee said. “She (Coach Tracy Coffman) said I’d go and pitch 20 games my freshman year rather than go play varsity and sit and not play at all.”
Following seniors should be old hat for Woodmansee after she successfully succeeded Montana Wear, now at Wright State, at Felicity-Franklin. After a backing Wear up as a freshmen when the Lady Cardinals made the state semifinals, Woodmansee kept the team noteworthy by consistently getting them to the district tournament.
“I came in sophomore year and pitched varsity, so maybe I’ll get to do the same thing,” Woodmansee said. “We did way more my sophomore and junior years than anyone else expected us to do. Toward the end of the season we finally figured out how to play as a team and that was the difference.”
The right-hander wrapped up her senior season by being named Southern Buckeye Conference-National Division Player of the Year for Coach of the Year Rob Wear. She recorded 169 strikeouts in 121 innings and had a 0.81 ERA.
At the plate, Woodmansee hit .481 and led the Lady Cardinals with 26 hits. She would like to continue taking some swings in college if her coach allows pitchers to hit.
“I’m not sure, we haven’t talked about it,” Woodmansee said. “I hope so, hitting’s my favorite part.”
Woodmansee recently finished her select summer season for the Cincy Doom where she played in tournaments in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Owensboro, Columbus and Dayton. She also spent time as a high school counselor for the American Red Cross at Xavier University.
Her long-term plans include majoring in International Business. As an underclassmen at Felicity-Franklin, she was able to visit London, Paris and Madrid.
“I’m hoping to be able to work for an environmental company and travel,” Woodmansee said.
The Racers varsity squad played 42 games last spring between March 7 and the end of April, going 25-17.
At Felicity-Franklin, the Lady Cardinals were 68-17 for Woodmansee’s playing career and 44-16 during her three-year run as the starting pitcher.