Lady Raiders softball trio signs with four-year schools

Lady Raiders softball trio signs with four-year schools

After having their season cancelled following just a month’s worth of games, Three Rivers’ Abbey Gann, Adrienne Stucker and Mary Yandell all committed on April 8 to different four-year schools.

Gann committed to Missouri Southern State, Stucker committed to Crowley’s Ridge and Yandell committed to Tabor.

Three Rivers started the season 11-2 despite a difficult early season schedule, picked up three wins against ranked teams and was sitting just outside the top- 20 when the season was abruptly ended due to the COVID- 19 pandemic. Three Rivers played 49 games last year compared to 13 this year.

Gann of West Plains, Mo., won all four games she started at pitcher and had a 3.18 ERA over 22 innings  with 34 strikeouts in seven total appearances against just four walks.

Her 10.82 strikeouts per game were sixth in the nation when the season ended. She was also allowing a .198 batting average to opposing hitters.

Gann also went 18-4 in 23 starts as a freshman and had four saves in 29 appearances. She had a 2.64 ERA with 187 strikeouts over 138 innings. She had a career high 21 strikeouts in an 11 inning, 2-1 win over Crowder.  She allowed two walks and three hits in that game, one of which was a solo home run.

Gann finished 15th in the country in strikeouts (187) and eighth in strikeouts per game (9.49).  

Stucker, a Poplar Bluff alumna, pitched six innings in relief and had a 4.67 ERA with two strikeouts and four walks.  As a freshman, she was 3-0 in 21 appearances, including two starts, and had a 2.42 ERA with 42 strikeouts over 37 2/3 innings.  She started and pitched 5 innings in a 10-4 win over Lyon College JV and had a 2.80 ERA with six strikeouts in that game.

Stucker had a career high 11 strikeouts in a 14-0 win over St. Charles where she allowed one hit over six innings. Three Rivers ended the game early after scoring 11 runs in the sixth inning.

Yandell, a sophomore infielder from Moore, Okla., appeared in 10 games and was hitting .455  with eight RBIs and six runs scored this season. She also had a .567 on- base percentage, a .591 slugging percentage and a .875 fielding percentage.

As a freshman shorstop and first baseman, Yandell hit .315 with 24 RBIs, 15 runs and a homerun to go with a.315 on base percentage, .411 slugging, and a .917 fielding percentage.

She had her only collegiate home run in a 19-2, three-inning win at Mineral Area as a fresh- man. In that game, Yandell was the designated player and went 2 for 3 with three runs, a double, and six RBIs.


Scott Borkgern - Daily American Republic