The USAO Drovers are coming off a very historical 2018 season where they would make a big run and win the NAIA National Championship. The Drovers would go 10-1 in the postseason, including the conference tournament and they would knock off the top seed Georgia Gwinnett in the World Series. The Drovers ended this incredible season with a 57-5 record and they would go 28-4 in the Sooner Athletic Conference play. During the season the Drovers would put together a 20 game win streak. The Drovers Head Coach is Jadyn Wallis and she is in her 5th season. The Assistant coach is Kayla Adams and she is in her 3rd season for the Drovers.
The Drovers pitching staff was phenomenal this season, as they would post a team ERA of 1.32 and they would throw 375.1 innings. As a team, the Drovers would hold opponents to a .176 batting average on the season. The Drovers ace was FR, Emily Cerny, as she would throw 238 innings and finish the season going 33-4. Cerny would have a 1.15 ERA on the season, with 298 strikeouts and would allow 94 walks on the season. Cerny would obtain the MVP of the World Series following the win over Columbia College to win the World Series. Cerny was also awarded NAIA pitcher of the year. The other big arm in this rotation is the SR. Jordan Detherage, as she went 17-1 with a 1.78 ERA. Detherage threw 114 innings and would strikeout 57 and walk 40 on the season. The final arm for the Drovers was FR, Falon Howell. She would throw just 16.1 innings, but she would go 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA on the season. Howell would hold opponents to a impressive .105 batting average on the season.
The offense for the Drovers was very strong this season, as they would be led by SR. Chloe Clifton. She would dominate this season, as she hit .395 and she would tack on 78 RBI’s. Clifton was also able to add on 25 doubles, 5 triples and 6 home runs. Clifton also led the team in hits, as she would put together 73 hits. Clifton was on the first team all-Americans list for all the NAIA. FR. Darci Chester would hit .415 with 28 RBI’s and she would tack on 17 doubles. SR. Shania Beck would have a great season, as she would hit .366 and would finish the season with 52 RBI’s. Beck would also finish the season with 9 home runs on the season. SO. Randa Hatter would hit .361 with 17 home runs and 63 RBI’s. Hatter would also tack on 38 walks to go along her big home run count. JR. Keely Kingsley would put together a good season, where she would hit .322 and would have 6 doubles and 4 triples. Kingsley would finish with 66 hits, which was second on the team in hits, only behind Clifton. FR. Alyson Clemence had a great first season, as she hit .305 with 39 hits and 23 RBI’s. The most impressive part about her season was the ability to steal bases. Clemence would lead the team with 18 stolen bases and would only be caught stealing 3 times. JR. Dakota Clouse hit .293 with 41 hits and she would tally 9 RBI’s on the season. SR. Caitlin Hall would hit .308 as she would tally 44 hits and would have 27 RBI’s.
The future continues to look bright for the Drovers as they will be have two key Freshman in, Emily Cerny and Darci Chester. They will also be getting back Juniors Keely Kingsley and Dakota Clouse. The Drovers might see some new faces on the field with Kindle Nelms and Rhylee Vandiver.
Freshman Kindle Nelms said “Oh you’re good! I believe she got coach of the year. This season was a very successful one but we also went through the ups and downs.”
Head Coach Jadyn Wallis said “This season was one I will never forget as a head coach. It has shaped the standard in which we hold our athletes to. I am thankful for this group of young woman who have came together to forever change their lives to the status of national champions. I am thankful for my coaching staff and the USAO administration for their support and the community of Chickasha. The memories that were made will forever be cherished and the relationships built by the 2018 Drover softball season will be forever remembered!”
Junior Dakota Clouse said “This season has been my most memorable one yet. All of the early mornings, long trips and practices were so worth it and I couldn’t be happier with how it all turned out. It was amazing to watch our team come together on the field and as a family. These girls gave me memories that I’ll never forget and I’m so thankful! Going to the National tournament for the first time is an awesome feeling in itself, but winning it is indescribable. I’m so proud of these girls and we’re already looking forward to next season.”
Freshman Darci Chester said “This season has been one for the books. Never could ask for a different team. All of my teammates put work in, whether it was our 6ams, practices, games or even just hanging out, everybody was always involved and we have amazing team chemistry. And that’s a big part of being a team. A team that gets along well, plays well with each other. Someone would make an error or strikeout, another person would be there to pick them up. And that was a big part of our seasons success and I hope it rolls into next season.”