Photo: Rilee Vest and Andrea Potts enjoy the occasion on Thursday after recognition for their continuing softball careers in college. Photo by Mike Slodki
Bad news: Rilee Vest and Andrea Potts of Lady Knights softball will no longer be suiting up for Northern Illinois Big XII Conference action after the season concludes.
Good news: The two sluggers are bringing their bats to college programs where their skills will be appreciated.
Potts, who has supplied offense at the first base position for the Lady Knights, has made a verbal commitment to Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville.
The Lady Cougars are 28-30 in 2011 and play in the Division II Ohio Valley Conference.
Potts is excited for the next stage of her softball life.
“I think my hitting is the strongest part of my game, and the mental part of my game and having more confidence has been more consistent,” Potts said.
The Cougars program is also home for former Lady Knight softball standout, senior infielder Laurie Siebert.
SIUE has been coached by Sandy Montgomery since 1989, and had a streak of 14 straight 30-win seasons from 1996-2009. SIUE won the National Championship in 2007.
Vest, who has manned the catching post for coach Brian Willis’ crew, heads to Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, after a verbal commitment.
“The coach really wanted me for the team and that made an impression on me,” Vest said.
Cornell, part of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, gets a slugger who feels like her best softball days could be ahead.
“I was recruited as a catcher, and that’s the part of my game I’ve really worked hard to improve,” Vest said.