KINGSTON — Two of the most productive softball players in Kingston High School history will now ply their craft at the next level.
Monday, Lady Redskins Mikayla Wells and Sabrina Slatton signed letters of intent to play softball at Murray State College. Wells, a pitcher/infielder, and outfielder Slatton are both four-year starters who led the Lady ’Skins to two consecutive area tournaments.
First-year MSC head coach Brent Shaw expects incoming freshmen to play prominent roles for the Aggies next season.
“They’re from a good program and they’re hard workers,” Shaw said of Slatton and Wells. “They can step right in and play for us next year.”
Slatton’s varsity experience came almost exclusively in the outfield, and that is where Shaw plans to use her next fall. Her speed and playmaking ability will be benefits for the Lady Aggies.
Wells has played pitcher, infield and outfield, but Shaw projects her as a middle infielder for MSC.
For Wells, signing to play collegiately is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream.
“I’ve always wanted to play college softball, and it feels good to reach that goal,” Wells said.
Slatton echoed those sentiments, and added that playing with Wells at the next level is an added benefit.
“That’s great that we’re going to keep playing together,” Slatton said. “She’s my best friend.”
Both girls are fast, athletic players, who are effective in the field, at the plate and on the base paths. Kingston coach Mark Wells said both players earned the opportunity with their work ethic in high school.
“They’ve worked hard for this,” Wells said. “They’re going to be good players in college. I’ve very proud of them.”
The two Lady Redskins are part of a recruiting blitz by Shaw, who has signed 17 of the top high school players in the area. He is optimistic about the direction of the program, and he’ll get his first glimpse of the new-look Aggies in fall scrimmages.
Slatton is the daughter of Joanna and Chris Slatton. Wells’ parents are Mark and Shawn Wells.