Wolves softball duo signs with Ky. Christian
SPRING VALLEY - Bryn Osburn and Riley Shirkey do nearly everything else together, so they figured they might as well team up to play college softball.
On Thursday, the Spring Valley High School stars signed to play at Kentucky Christian University in Grayson, Kentucky. Each player said having the other in tow makes the transition to college easier.
“I won’t be as nervous having Bryn there,” Shirkey said. “We’re together all the time, anyway. We’re best friends. We play together and work out together.”
“It’s going to be exciting having Riley there,” Osburn said.
The Timberwolves standouts are former rivals. Shirkey played youth softball at Vinson, Osburn at rival Ceredo-Kenova.
“The first home run I ever hit was off her,” Shirkey said of Osburn. “It’s the only home run I’ve ever hit. I’ve never let her forget it.”
The friends laughed at the memory and said they hope to make more with the KCU Knights, who already have a former Spring Valley standout, utility player Jade Spurlock, on the roster. Kentucky Christian went 13-34 last season.
Obsurn, a pitcher/outfielder, said she picked KCU over Bluefield State, Concord and West Virginia Wesleyan. Shirkey selected the Knights over Fairmont State and West Virginia Tech.
“I really like that it’s a small school that has a good education program because I want to be a teacher,” Osburn said. “The coaches are great and I loved the girls.”
Osburn also said she likes that KCU is a Christian university.
“I’ve always gone to church and to get to continue to do that while playing the sport I love is great,” Osburn said.
Shirkey, a middle infielder/outfielder who plans to major in biology, said she enjoyed everything about her visit to Kentucky Christian.
“I like the coach and the girls are really nice,” Shirkey said. “I like it that it’s a Christian school and I’ll get to go to chapel twice a week.”
Both players said they plan to work hard for playing time. Spring Valley coach Alli Hatfield said she expects nothing less.
“I’m very pleased that they get to play at the next level,” Hatfield said. “They’ve both worked really hard to get there and are very deserving. I’m proud of them.”