Kokomo High School senior softball player Ellie Trine announced she will continue her softball career at the collegiate level.
Via Twitter the day before Thanksgiving, Trine said she will attend Trine University in the fall of 2019.
“Excited to have committed to Trine University to continue my academics and play softball. I can’t wait to be part of such a great program. Thanks to everyone who’s helped me along the way,” Trine Tweeted.
In Trine’s three years as a Wildkat, she has seen two 20-plus win seasons. Last year Trine was a first team All-NCC selection. She batted .500 with one home run, eight doubles, three triples, 14 RBIs, 34 runs, and drew 20 walks from her lead-off spot in the lineup. Additionally, in 87 chances at second base, she only had one error.
Trine said she was attracted to the school after looking into its mechanical engineering program.
“When I looked for schools, some key focuses were education, softball, and size of the school,” said Trine. “I had looked at some schools previously that were close to what I wanted, but Trine really met all three points. I know people that have gone there that said the professors and teachers are really good about helping you out. And they’re one of the best engineering schools around.”
Coach Mike Susong was happy for Trine upon hearing of her commitment. Having previously coached her at a young age, Susong said he was beyond impressed with how Trine’s career has developed.
“I’ve known Ellie since she started playing for me when she was 9 years old. We won a lot of games and had a great times when she was younger. But Ellie’s hitting was not where she wanted it to be. She actually switched sides of the plate. The work ethic I saw from her when she switched sides of the plate really is not rivaled from anybody.
“She went to hitting all of the time. She turned herself into an excellent hitter through pure hard work. It wasn’t her natural side; it wasn’t what she naturally did. She just worked at it until she did it well,” said Susong. “I was very proud of her and the hard work she’s put in over the years and to see her grow as a player and a person. For her to play at the next level in a game that she loves is a great thing.”
While Trine’s schooling is locked down next year, she still has one season of softball left in high school career. This season, the Kats are looking to see another 20-win season as well as win conference and sectionals.
As for Trine, she is looking to become more of a vocal leader on and off the field.
“I know I can lead by example, but now I just need to make sure the team can hear me. I want to be more assertive this season,” said Trine.
Coming alongside her this season will be her younger sister, Karley Jo Trine. Trine said she is eager to play the game she loves with her sister, as it will be the only time they other will overlap on the softball diamond in their careers.
With her decision finalized, Trine is thankful for her coaches, mentors, and parents who helped her make this commitment.
“Coach Susong and the high school coaching staff, my mom and my dad, Jeff Skaggs, Chad Green, Kelsey Rummel, and Coach D (Donnie Danklefsen) from Trine all were a huge help with this decision,” said Trine.