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2013-08-06 Shepherd joins Tigers for 2013
2013-08-06 Shepherd joins Tigers for 2013

Shepherd joins Tigers for 2013

Author: Tom Schermerhorn, West Noble High School/Wendy Reid
Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2013 at 8:16 AM
Ligonier, Ind. – The Olivet Nazarene University softball team is pleased to announce signing of former West Noble softball standout Ashley Shepherd. Shepherd will be joining a program at Olivet Nazarene University that is considered one of the nation’s finest collegiate softball programs, having won an average of 46 games per season over their last 19 campaigns. The Tigers finished the 2013 season with a 48-9 record and No. 15 ranking in the NAIA National Postseason Poll. The Tigers also advanced to the opening round of the NAIA National Championship Tournament for the 9th time.

Shepherd is a four-year letter winner in both softball and basketball for the Chargers while receiving All-NECC recognition in both sports. This past season Shepherd batted .349 with an on base average of .431 while playing shortstop for the Chargers.

Shepherd really enjoyed her visit to the campus and came away impressed with the “success of the program and the family-like atmosphere.” Shepherd also was very impressed with the beauty of the campus and felt like the elementary education program was top notch.

“We recruited Ashley because we liked her athleticism. We see someone like Ashley having the ability to play multiple positions,” commented Head Coach Ritchie Richardson of his new addition. “Obviously the fact that she is a great student plays a major role in us bringing her aboard as well.”

Also making the trip with Coach Richardson was his Assistant Coach Jordan Reynolds who was a 3 time All American from Olivet Nazarene. Reynolds played shortstop for the Tigers while being awarded the Golden Spike Award as a senior.

Ashley is the daughter of Brian and Lori Shepherd of Ligonier.