Pictured: (front row) Jeanine Carstens, Emily Carstens, Mark Carstens (back row): Head Coach Ritchie Ricahrdson, Tony Pusateri (Illinois Stars), Asst. Coach Jordan Reynolds
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – The Olivet Nazarene University softball team is excited to announce that Emily Carstens, a junior at Peotone High School (PHS), has signed her letter of intent to continue her education and playing career as a Tiger. Carstens becomes the first 2015 commit to the highly successful program.
"I love the players that we were able to sign in the 2014 recruiting class. By signing Emily we are off to a great start in the 2015 recruiting class,” said head coach Ritchie Richardson of his early commit. “Emily's softball accomplishments are well-known around the area and beyond. She's a do-it-all player with exceptional athletic abilities. She is also a tremendous student-athlete and I am equally impressed by her personal qualities. She's still two high school seasons away from competing with us but the ONU softball future looks bright with her in it. I'm elated to have her join our program."
As a sophomore, Carstens set a new IHSA single season home run record when she connected for 19 homers. For her efforts, she was named 2nd Team All-IHSA. As a freshman, she was a 3rd Team All-IHSA honoree and the team MVP.
The 5-9 pitcher is a member of the Illinois Stars 18U travel team. On the mound, Carstens finished the 2013 season with an impressive 28-6 record and a 1.86 ERA. She also hit .423 with 15 home runs and 73 RBIs, leading the Stars to the PGF National Tournament.
“I chose Olivet because of the size and Christian atmosphere,” said Carstens. “I really enjoy Olivet because I am able to combine a Christian education with the sport I love.”
She is a 2013 National Honor Society inductee and was named a 2012 PHS Student of the Month.
Carstens is the daughter of Mark and Jeanine and sister to Kyle and Jordan. While at Olivet, she intends to major in physical therapy.