Pace signs with Wesleyan

By Mandy Underwood

A large group of friends and family gathered at the Southwood High School library in support of MaKenna Pace as she signed with Indiana Wesleyan University to continue her softball career.

Pace was a four-year varsity player for the Lady Knights earning many honors such as most valuable player, the Golden Glove award, 1st Team All-TRC and 1st Team All-Wabash. Pace has been a nine-season sports participant, also playing volleyball for one year and basketball for four, she has been a varsity letter winner eight times.

Southwood softball coach, Carl Pace, deemed Pace as the “backbone” of the team.

“Ever since she came in, she helped us out tremendously at the varsity level. She kind of helped us out wherever we needed her,” he said.

“She really provided a lot of stability to my order and she will be missed, not only by me, but by the team.”

Pace plans to study nursing while she attends Indiana Wesleyan.

She told The Paper of Wabash County that she has loved the school for a long time.

“I went there for a softball program in junior high and just kind of fell in love with it. Ever since then, no matter where I went, my mind always just went back to Indiana Wesleyan,” she said.

Pace plans to work hard to get her spot on the team, and work on bettering herself and her teammates.

“I hope to work hard and push the others so that as a group we can get better.”

Indiana Wesleyan softball coach Steve Babinski, known by his players as Coach Babs, is looking forward to not only seeing Pace grow as an athlete but as a well-rounded person in general.

“Makenna brings a tenacious work ethic and a camaraderie that we look for,” said Babinski. “When I have been recruiting her, she has been the best team mate on the field at all times. She is going to add to the selfless culture, and her athleticism and teamwork is going to be contagious. I’m also excited to see her grown in her faith and become the woman of God that she has been created to be in the classroom and on the field and in whatever community she’s placed.”

Posted on 2019 Dec 23