CM softball standout Chapman was bound to join Herd all along
ONA — Sydney Chapman said it was Marshall University or nothing.
On Wednesday, it was Marshall.
Chapman, a star senior third baseman with the Cabell Midland High School softball team, signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Thundering Herd. The penning of her name to that contract fulfilled a lifelong dream.
“I really didn’t open myself up to any other schools,” Chapman said. “I wanted to play at Marshall, and if I didn’t get to play there, I wouldn’t play at all.”
Cabell Midland head coach Herman Beckett said other programs were interested in Chapman, a slick-fielding infielder and outfielder who batted .350 last season. At Chapman’s instruction, however, he told them she was only interested in the Herd.
“Sydney is getting to do what she wants to do,” Beckett said. “When we started the recruiting process, we all knew she didn’t want to go anywhere else. From day one she has said ‘Marshall,’ and she’ll do great things there in the classroom and on the field.”
Larry Verbage, who coached Chapman with the Diamond Dusters travel ball team, said he was gratified to see Chapman earn a NCAA Division I scholarship.
“Sydney wasn’t blessed with huge, huge talent,” Verbage said. “She’s worked for it to get to the next level. She’s worked as hard as anyone.”
Chapman, who plans to major in biology with an eye on medical school, said she owes her success to so many people.
“I thank God for the ability to play softball,” she said. “I thank my parents for the countless hours they’ve put in so I could play. I’m thankful for my coaches and teammates for all the things they’ve taught me.”
Cabell Midland assistant coach Casey Crawford said she expects Chapman to perform well in college.
“It takes dedication, hard work and fighting adversity to play college athletics,” Crawford said. “Syd has the potential to go to the next level and tear it up. She’s a great teammate, is very coachable and has passion for the game and for life.”