HHS softball’s Adkins chooses AB
HUNTINGTON — With the addition of Huntington High School softball standout Jenni Adkins, Alderson Broaddus University is becoming a haven for Huntington-area players.
Adkins signed Friday to play for the Battlers, where she will join former Highlander outfielder Emilee McClellan, Spring Valley pitcher Bailey Adkins and Cabell Midland infielder Kati Kelley. Adkins, a corner outfielder, said the presence of those players and others she knows on the team was a factor in her choosing AB, located in Philippi, West Virginia.
“Yes, a lot,” Adkins said. “They can help me prepare. I visited with Bailey and I liked it. It’s close to home and it has a good nursing program.”
Battlers head coach Rachael Mack coached Adkins in travel ball. The Highlander standout said that, too, factored into her decision. Mack and assistant coach Kristi Benvenuto recruited Adkins.
“Truthfully, I didn’t think I was going to play college softball,” Adkins said. “Then I got this opportunity with AB. Coach Benvenuto is really nice, and everybody there was helpful and nice.”
Adkins, an outfielder with experience catching last season when Jade Fleeman broke her thumb, said her glove is ahead of her bat.
“My fielding in the outfield is pretty good,” said Adkins, who has played softball since she was 8. “My hitting — I have good days and bad days.”
Adkins said she’ll go to AB, an NCAA Division II member of the Great Midwest Conference, with no preconceived notions of how much playing time she’ll get.
“I’ll just go and see what happens,” Adkins said. “I still have to prove myself this season. Actually, I have to work harder now.”