BELDING — Yet another Belding player is heading off to play college ball somewhere.
This time it’s softball player Caitlin Alkire, who will be playing for Sewanee, the University of the South, next season.
Alkire was really sold on going to the Division 3 school located between Chattanooga and Nashville, Tenn.
“I just really liked the campus and the area that is around there,” Alkire said. “It’s a beautiful place. I really love the coach so I decided that was the best fit.”
Sewanee wasn’t the only college trying to recruit her. Calvin College also wanted Alkire.
“Part of it was the financial. Sewanee was cheaper,” Alkire said. “The other part was I really love the area. I’ve always wanted to move south. It’s more like home.”
Alkire isn’t sure what type of a role she will play for the Tigers.
“The coach seems pretty intent to play me a lot,” Alkire said of coach Amber Gillam. “She’s excited to have me come down. I’m just going to go down there, work hard, try my best and what happens happens.”
Gillam is looking forward to having Alkire there.
“I am thrilled to have Caitlin join our softball team as a member of the class of 2017,” Gillam said. “She has been a joy to recruit and will be a fantastic addition to our growing program. Caitlin’s accomplishments and abilities combined with her work ethic will prove to be the ideal foundation of her continued career.”
Alkire’s current coach, Belding coach Mikayla Linebaugh, was happy to see Alkire get a chance to play in college.
“I’m very excited for her (Alkire),” Linebaugh said. “I think it’s an exciting thing to move south and go to college and on top of it playing softball is just awesome for her.”
Linebaugh believes Alkire’s work will help the Tigers.
“I don’t know a lot about that school and their program,” she said. “But Caitlin works hard and I’m sure she’s going to fit in just great.”
Alkire will be joining a team that was 5-29 this past spring, including a 24-game losing streak to end the season. 22 of the 24 were in the Southern Athletic Association, Sewanee’s conference.