Cedarville recruit Eigsti could play first or outfield

Bryan Veginski
Morton High School senior Nikki Eigsti, middle, signed May 8 with Cedarville University, where she will play softball for the Yellow Jackets. With Eigsti in the MHS library were, in front, from left: her parents, Pam and Mark Eigsti; second row: MHS softball assistant coach Megan Hasler, MHS softball head coach Stacey Buescher and Eigsti's brother, Nathan Eigsti.

Nikki Eigsti earned an NCAA Division-II softball opportunity.

The Morton High School senior revealed May 8 she will attend Cedarville University and play for the Yellow Jackets.

"I didn't think I would get the chance to play that level of ball," Eigsti said.

She added she liked that it was a Christian school and was pleased with Cedarville's nursing school, which is Eigsti's intended major.

Cedarville is located in Cedarville, Ohio.

Eigsti could play first base, her primary position with the Potters and the one she has played the longest, or the outfield for the Yellow Jackets.

To get ready to play for head coach Wes Rowe's program, Eigsti is doing speed work with MHS girls track director Lynn Rudin and playing a full summer schedule.

After a stressful junior year weighing her options, Eigsti gave a verbal commitment in October to Cedarville and kept that declaration.

A softball player since T-ball, Eigsti knew she did not want to stop after high school in the sport.

"I always wanted to play at the collegiate level," Eigsti said.

A four-year varsity starter for Morton head coach Stacey Buescher, Eigsti entered 2013 with a career batting mark of .356 with three home runs and 56 RBI, which includes an injury-shortened sophomore season.

As a senior, Eigsti is hitting .378 with one homer, 14 RBI and 13 doubles.

Through Monday, the Potters are 82-45 with four winning seasons in Eigsti's softball career.