Coach Jackie Manrique is putting her 2017-18 roster together and increasing the size of the roster as well as added talent to the program with the incoming class. She has already secured commitments from a number of student-athletes who have signed letter of intent to play for the Trolls and join Trinity. The members of the new recruiting class will be a positive addition to the team and to the campus.
Hometown: Oak Forest, Illinois
High School: Oak Forest High School
Softball Background: Four-year starting pitcher at Oak Forest.
Awards and Achievements: Received SSC Blue All-Conference honors in her junior year.
Coach Manrique comment: “We are very excited for Caitlyn to join our program. She adds depth to our pitching staff as well as a strong bat to our lineup.
Intended major: nursing
Family: Parents – Michael and Michelle Aardema
Hometown: Clinton, Wisconsin
High School: Clinton High School
Softball Background: Four year varsity player at Clinton High School. Is a left-handed pitcher and first baseman. Plays for the Illinois Sparks.
Awards and Achievements: Was Second-Team All-Conference and MVP for her high school team in 2016 season. Was Rookie of the Year in 2014. Is an Honor Roll student.
Coach Manrique comment: “Emili is a great pitcher that we believe will do spectacular things while in a Trolls uniform. She has had great success in her past that we are confident will translate into her collegiate career.”
Other: Played varsity basketball for three years at her high school. She has been on mission trips to South Dakota, Kentucky, and Ohio.
Intended major: physical therapy or athletic training
Family: Parents - Shawn and Kelli Bell; Siblings - Allie (10) and Andie (7)
Hometown: Braidwood, Illinois
Previous School: Prairie State College (Chicago Heights, Illinois)
High School: Reed-Custer High School (2015)
Softball Background: Played at Prairie State for past two seasons.
Awards and Achievements: Helped Prairie State Illinois Skyway Conference title. In two seasons at Prairie State she had a .312 batting average, .368 on-base percentage, and a .892 fielding percentage. Received NJCAA Pinnacle Academic Achievement award.
Coach Manrique comment: “Jessica’s desire to be a part of our program is appreciated more than she knows. She’s a great athlete, person and student. We look forward to having her on our roster.”
Other: Is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Beta Gamma, and Psi Beta Honor Societies
Intended major: biology-allied health science
Family: Parents - Charles and Cheryl Boyd
Hometown: Pomona, California
High School: Garey High School
Softball Background: Plays at Garey. Plays for Coach Marcus Rojas with Clutch Up Softball Academy
Awards and Achievements: Earned First-Team All-League honors in 2016 season. Is on a Top 20 list for 2017 class
Coach Manrique comment: “Jessica will add a spark to our infield. We are confident she will learn and grow into every position she is asked to contribute to.”
Intended major: biology or chemistry
Family: Parents – Ruben and Caroline Cachu; Sibling - Jose
Hometown: Chino, California
High School: Don Antonio Lugo High School
Softball Background: Is a catcher. Received private catching lessons from Jen Schroeder, former UCLA player and catching instructor. Played for Quickturn, Firecrackers, and American Pastime Softball clubs
Coach Manrique comment: “We’re excited to have Brandi work behind the plate for us. She’s a great kid who appreciates Christ in every aspect of her life.”
Intended major: communications and social work
Family: Parents - Armando and Denise Machado; Siblings - Andrew and Ayden
Hometown: New Lenox, Illinois
High School: Lincoln-Way Central High School
Softball Background: Plays for Lincoln-Way Central and Tinley Park Rockers U18
Awards and Achievements: Received a Sportsmanship Award
Coach Manrique comment: “Makayla’s love for Trinity was apparent during our first meeting on campus. She not only will add great talent to our team, but also appreciation and drive for success as a Trinity student.”
Other: Is involved in Student Council and is a Link Crew Leader at her high school.
Intended major: early childhood education
Family: Parents - Steve and Lisa Otto; Sibling - Zachary
Hometown: Alexandria, Indiana
High School: Pendleton Heights High School
Softball Background: Is a pitcher and third baseman. Plays for the Indiana Shockwaves.
Awards and Achievements: Earned Hoosier Heritage All-Conference honors. Was named the Defensive Player of the Year. Received the Herald Bulletin Player of the Year Award.
Coach Manrique comment: “Audrey was one of the first athletes I ever brought to campus. Our coaching staff knew right away she was going to be a great fit for our college and the program. She’s a phenomenal athlete and young woman. We’re excited to have her.”
Intended major: exercise science
Family: Parents - Chris and Bobbi Ricker; Sibling - Ellie Early
Hometown: Crestwood, Illinois
High School: Oak Forest High School
Softball Background: Is a center fielder. Plays for the Tinley Park Bulldogs
Awards and Achievements: On the High Honor Roll for each year of high school. Academically in the top 15 in her class.
Coach Manrique comment: “Jessica is a great student and clearly puts the work in the outfield. Her positive attitude and appreciation of the game as well as our program I believe will add great value to our roster.”
Intended major: psychology
Family: Parents - Michael and Lisa Wasik; Siblings – Ashley and Jacob
Hometown: Naperville, Illinois
High School: Metea Valley High School
Softball Background: Is a three-year starting first baseman at Metea Valley. Plays for Plainfield Edge Chaos.
Awards and Achievements: Earned academic All-Conference honors for the past two years. Has been to five national tournaments with third, fourth, and ninth place finishes.
Coach Manrique comment: “Emma and her family bring passion and love for this game to our program. We’re excited to see Emma grow and succeed as a Troll.”
Intended major: middle school education
Family: Parents - Joe and Jody Zenkel