“She’s learned from every situation she’s ever been in,” Clark said. “I was coaching third base and she was at third base. She got into an intentional run down forcing the catcher to make a throw, because she knew as soon as the catcher threw the ball, there was nobody there to back up the throw and she knew she would be able to score. The only two people that saw that was myself and her.”
In addition to Ritchey’s All-State selection and being a finalist for Indiana Miss Softball, Ritchey is a top 16 finalist for the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American list for the North Region. The selection will be made June 28.
“It’s a very big honor, and something to not look lightly on,” Clark said.
Ritchey doesn’t employ just speed in her strategy of stealing bases, but also using instincts and experience that she has honed during her four years in the Loogootee softball program under Clark.
“I think it’s both,” Ritchey said. “I have instincts, but I also have speed. Speed helps.”
She said leaving Loogootee and her softball family won’t be easy when she plays softball at Hanover College in the fall.
“Loogootee is a great place to play softball,” Ritchey said. “It has helped me a lot to be able to play in college, and it’s prepared me for the next level.”