Bradley Central senior Meghan Ward will transition from Bearette to Lady Cougar next year.
The outfielder, who is praised for her speed and work ethic, will join her high school teammate Tori Roberts on the roster for Cleveland State.
Thursday’s signing was the fourth for Lady Cougar head coach Katie Willingham, who plans to have six girls in her recruiting class by March 1.
“Meghan has great speed for an outfielder and that’s something you look for in a defensive player,” Willingham explained. “Once again, a hometown kid, I love having their families around and having support. It means a lot to our program,”
Ward was a part of a November recruiting event where she was able to get acquainted with the Cleveland State softball program.
“I went over there for recruiting and I just really liked their softball program. Katie is a fantastic coach and I want to play for her,” Ward said of her decision.
Willingham is confident Ward will fit in well with her softball program.
“She’s a great kid, has a great attitude and is very coachable. I think she’s going to really do well. We’ll just work on her with the transition from high school to college and I think she can be a good collegiate athlete,”
According to Bearettes head coach Christie McElhaney, Ward’s work ethic and dedication were evident from the very beginning.
“Her work ethic started day one as a freshmen. She came in and she worked really hard. Whatever we asked her to do she was willing to do, so she got to start as a freshman,” McElhaney said. “She’s extremely hard working, has passion for the game and knows the game very well, and she does not like to lose. It makes her work even harder.”
Ward plans to carry over her skills and aid the Lady Cougars next year.
“(I’ll bring) my batting and outfielding and just my personality, keeping everybody alive and good.”