McPherson High senior Randie Baker fulfilled a dream on Wednesday when she signed a softball letter of intent with Central Christian College.
“The main reason for choosing Central was because of my dad,” Baker said. “Because I’ve always wanted to play for my dad because I always have my entire life.”
Her father, Danny, is a first-year assistant coach for the Tigers.
“One of his biggest goals in life was to coach college ball, so I knew I wouldn’t have another chance like this so I decided to take it,” Baker said.
Baker played her first season for the Bullpups last year after moving from Mississippi and was a running specialist. This year she’s expected to contend for a starting spot in the outfield.
“She’s probably going to play right field for us when Bailea Crist is not in that position,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said. “She’s going to do a lot of running. She’s a short-game, offensive hitter so she’ll do a lot of bunting and slapping.”
Fitzmorris said Baker is the type of player every coach wants on her team.
“She’s always been a very positive person and she brings a good vibe to our team as far as team cohesiveness,” Fitzmorris said.
Second-year CCC coach Mark Ritchhart is looking forward to having Baker on his team.
“We look so much at character,” Ritchhart said. “There are so many other things — work ethic, athleticism and other things — but I really look at character so much and I’m really impressed with her integrity and how she handles herself. Every person I bring on the team has a specific role. With her, just her energy and the way she portrays will help the program.”
Baker plans to go into nursing once her softball career is completed.