By Jeremy McDonald
MEDFORD, Ore.– Stayton’s Cedella Ritchie will be joining former Eagle teammate Sydney Maurer at the collegiate level as she had committed to play softball at Northwest University in Kirkland, Washington as a utility player.
“I’ve always wanted to but now that it’s a reality I think I’m going to have a good time. I’m really excited about it,” Ritchie said. “Playing at Stayton showed me what I needed to do to up my game to the next level and coming to play competitively over the Summer has helped a lot. Helping me push to college, playing with such great players and at a higher level. I think that’s going to help me adjust a little bit more to continue to play over the Summer.
“There’s a lot that I can improve on. There’s always stuff you can improve on, it’s the little things that you have now-and-then and things you can always get better at instead of leaving them alone.”
Ritchie played third at Stayton, helping the Eagles to a 7-9 record this past Spring and played Right Field for the NW Vandals 18A team Tuesday afternoon at US Cellular Fields. Driving in the then go-ahead run in the fifth-inning off a sacrifice hit in the Vandals tough 4-3 loss to the Oregon Blaze 16A squad in their second Pool Play game.
The Vandals wrap up pool play Wednesday morning in Medford with a 9am game.