Fruita’s Wissel signs to play softball for Trinidad State
Ashleigh Wissel knew she wanted to play at the next level for a while, she just needed to figure out where.
The Fruita Monument High School senior softball player made her decision official Thursday, signing a letter of intent with Trinidad State Junior College.
“I feel like Trinidad is the best fit for me for starting my softball career in college,” Wissel said. “I felt really comfortable with the coach when I visited.”
The catcher led the team with a .511 batting average, 10 home runs and 37 RBI.
Wissel, however, was more than the leading hitter for the Wildcats (21-3), who reached the Class 5A state semifinals for the first time in several years. She was a leader.
“She made everyone else around her better,” Fruita coach Jamie Dunn said. “I didn’t have to worry about girls being there on time. She had them going when I got there. I think I’ll understand how important Ashleigh is to the team next year. She set the standard of what a leader is.
“She was unbelievable at the state tournament. She was a huge part of our success.”
Wissel would have the team warming up at practice by the time Dunn arrived after teaching.
“It was a great year. I think it was a good year to end on and go forward to college,” Wissel said. “I think the leadership comes easy for me. I think that’s my favorite spot to play.”
Wissel chose Trinidad State over Otero Junior College and Lamar Community College. She plans on studying criminology.
“She is smart going the junior college route,” Dunn said. “I think a couple opportunities will open up for her later. She is a good student and a solid athlete.”