ROXANA — The Roxana Shells softball team stood by with the family and coaches of teammate Cindy Scroggins as she signed a letter of intent to further her athletic career for Southwestern Illinois College on Monday at Roxana High.
"I interviewed with several different coaches before making my decision to sign with SWIC," Scroggins said. "I felt this was the best choice for me, it's close to home and they have a good nursing program. I know this fall I will have an opportunity to earn the right to step on the field and have playing time. I want to be a big player for SWIC and be a strong hitter at the plate."
Roxana is holding the third spot in the South Central Conference with a 3-2 record, trailing Staunton and Gillespie. The Shells are 8-14 overall.
Scroggins has a current batting average of .368 with .485 slugging percentage. She's sporting a team-best 22 RBIs and is second on the team with 25 hits for the Shells.
"What I've seen in Cindy is real good leadership," Roxana head coach Mike Arbuthnot. "We have a really young group with four or five freshmen and a couple of sophomores. She's come in and has been a great leader for these younger girls. She leads a lot by example. She's been there and played at a higher level.
Scroggins will start her education at SWIC in the fall with an athletic scholarship and looks forward to having a new experience under future head coach Kathy Bernal.
"I am hoping that Cindy's leadership quality will follow her to SWIC," Bernal said. "I am always looking for players with leadership skills. I expected it from my experienced sophomores, but it's good to have that freshman who will just step in and be a leader. It was Cindy's versatility that really caught our eye. She shows real athleticism on the field. She has the qualities we want from an incoming recruited player. We are hoping she will be able to step into a starting role at SWIC."
Arbuthnot has only had Cindy under his wings for her senior season, but couldn't be happier for her future opportunities.
"We couldn't be more proud of her," Arbuthnot said. "For her to be able to walk away from Roxana with a softball scholarship, one thing is for sure, she's without a doubt a young lady who deserves it."