Two Mt. Pleasant softball players will be attending and playing softball for Marshalltown Community College next year. Seniors Makayla Cam and Trinity Krabill will be joining the Tigers and first-year head coach Dominic Ellis.
Cam, who hit .375 last year with 10 doubles, three homeruns and 31 RBIs, will play middle infield and outfield for the Tigers. She is looking at Business for her major.
“I looked at Culver-Stockton and Kirkwood, and when I went to Marshalltown, I liked how it was small and all your classes were in one building,” Cam says. “I just liked how it wasn’t too far from home, but wasn’t too close (and) I like the small environment.”
Cam made her decision during October and was just recently joined by Krabill, who says Cam’s commitment was a big help in making her decision.
“I looked at Culver-Stockton as well, and wanted to look at Indian Hills but I never actually got the chance to,” Krabill explains. “As soon as I went to Marshalltown, I knew that Makayla was going, and that’s a plus.”
Krabill, who hit .407 last season and led the team with seven homeruns and 34 RBIs, plans on majoring in Agriculture. She and Cam will also room together when they get to Marshalltown.
Coach Ellis, who got the job in August and is a former high school coach at West Marshall, says the two Panthers fit exactly what he’s trying to do with his program.
“They’re great defensive players, so that really attracted me, and then anything offensive I get ouf of them is just a bonus,” Ellis said. “What we’re trying to do in Marshalltown is create a culture with defense and speed.”
Ellis says he’s focused on recruiting some of the overlooked talent in Iowa to help the Tigers improve. Marshalltown went 23-19 overall last season and 3-9 in the conference.
“Right now, all my recruiting class is from the state of Iowa,” Ellis says. “We have a lot of untapped talent here in Iowa, which goes unnoticed.”
Mt. Pleasant head coach Troy Mears was on hand to see his players sign. Mears has seen a handful of his players go on to play at the next level, and credited the work ethic of his two seniors for getting them to where they are today.
“They’re just hard workers,” Mears said. “They work in the offseason year-round. They play ASA in the spring, they play ASA in the fall. They’re very reliable. always doing the things you want them to do.”
Cam and Krabill both still have one more year of high school ball left, and the team is looking to improve after a rare down year in 2018.
“I think we’ll be a lot better this year,” Cam says. “Last year we had a lot of upcoming young girls who started varsity, and they have experience now. I think we’ll be a lot better as a team. Obviously, we want to go to state for our last year, so we’re going to work hard at it.”