Hesston College softball coach Andrew Sharp announces Kendall Richardson, an infielder/outfielder from Lodi (Calif.) High School, and Ashley Yasin, a pitcher/first baseman from Kern Valley High School, Lake Isabella, Calif., as the latest west-coast talent to pledge to Hesston College Softball.
Richardson, a versatile player with speed and athleticism, brings a competitive softball background to Hesston. She will look to help solidify the Larks’ infield and can play several positions.
Aside from her time with Lodi High, Richardson plays travel ball for the California Grapettes 18 gold coached by Todd Clark.
“Kendall represents a huge addition to our program,” Sharp said. “I’ve been scouting her travel team for a few years and am thrilled to build on this relationship. The Grapettes play hard and run the bases well. Kendall will have a smooth transition to our style of play.”
A consistent presence on the Lodi High honor roll, Richardson will study nursing at Hesston. She is the daughter of Pam and Dan Richardson, Lodi.
Yasin, Kern Valley Softball’s team MVP the last two years, is the reigning High Desert League Pitcher of the Year. Yasin also earned first-team all-conference honors as a first baseman in 2015, leading Kern Valley to a 20-win season.
An HDL all-academic member the last two years, Yasin will study nursing at Hesston.
“Adding Ashley to this recruiting class was a huge deal,” Sharp said. “She’ll be counted on right away to be a leader on the field and an instant contributor to our campus. Ashley is a true student-athlete, and we couldn’t be happier with her decision to bring her talents to Kansas.”
Yasin is the daughter of Jonathan and Dana Yasin, Lake Isabella.