MT. PLEASANT — The reigning Southeast Conference Player of the Year is headed north to Mason City.
Sydni Coleman, a senior pitcher at Mt. Pleasant, signed her letter of intent to attend and play softball for North Iowa Area Community College. “I just decided the coaching was the right fit for me,” Coleman said. “I felt like I was going to get the most out of it. After visiting other colleges, I felt like Coach Gratz was the right coach to get me where I want to be.”
Coleman played her first year as a Mt. Pleasant Panther last season, transfering over from New London, where she played from eighth grade through sophomore year. In her junior year with the Panthers, she went 16-7 wit ha 2.51 ERA.
“She’s been on that mound enough in big ballgames,” said Mt. Pleasant head coach Troy Mears. “She plays enough softball year round that she doesn’t get fazed real easy. I’m sure on the inside she’s still a Nervous Nelly like a lot of kids her age are, but she just keeps it in check and goes out and does what she needs to do.”
Although Coleman is known as a pitcher, she has developed into one of the best hitters in the area, batting .358 with 30 RBIs last season. She says she’ll be a utility player in college, pitching and playing the field for the Trojans.
Coleman, a future elementary education major, will join a Trojan team that went 19-30 overall and 9-15 last season. She says she knew NIACC was the right choice after her college visits were done.
“There were a couple of colleges I had visited and then once I got donw tih my last visit, I was like, ‘There’s nothing compared to NIACC,” she says.
Coleman will still have one more year in Maroon and Gold. The Mt. Pleasant softball season begins in May.