Ronda Roberts and the Lewis and Clark Community College softball team will receive two star softball players from Gillespie High School next season after Ally Clay and Sydney Henrichs committed to the team this month.
GHS head softball coach Michelle Smith made the announcement saying the two seniors will continue their softball tenure nearby in Alton next season with the Trailblazers. “So excited for both of them,” Smith said of their signings. “Glad you are close so I can come watch!”
Clay is the daughter Dave and Chris Clay while Henrichs is the daughter of Eric and Gina Henrichs. Both ladies have been top factors in Gillespie’s three consecutive regional championships and were part of the 2016 team when the softball team set a new school record with 31 wins and 4 losses. Clay and Henrichs are also on the school’s honor roll and are South Central Conference all-conference award honorees.
Clay is a utility player for the Miners and can usually be found playing the outfield. She batted .276 in the 2017 spring season with 24 runs batted in, 21 singles, four doubles, one triple and one home run. She boasts a .986 field percentage as well and committed only one error last season.
Henrichs is also a utility player for Gillespie playing center field or pitching. She pitched four games for Smith and the Miners in the 2017 season and won three of them. At the plate, she batted .316 last season with 20 runs batted in, 25 singles, four doubles and one home run.
The number of GHS senior softball players committed to playing collegiate softball now increases to three. The other senior continuing to play softball in college is Mackenzie Kasarda who announced she would be attending Columbia College in Missouri in fall 2018.
The Miners are scheduled to open their 2018 season on March 12 at home against Ramsey.