BRADFORD – At Capital University Bradford senior Tatyana Cotrell sees a place where she can continue her love of softball and prepare for her future nursing career.
Cotrell, the daughter of Shawn and Angie Cotrell, committed to play for the Capital softball team on Monday. While continuing her athletic career she plans to study nursing, hoping to eventually work at Dayton Children’s Hospital.
“In Columbus they have multiple hospitals where I can split my terms for my clinics, and I want to go hopefully work at Children’s when I’m finished,” she said.
Cotrell is such a successful softball player because she understands the game so well, Bradford softball coach Shon Shaffer said.
“She’s smart,” he said. “She understands the game really well. She’s one of my girls that you can go to and she actually understands what the coaches are trying to accomplish.
“She understands how to set up batters and pitch around good hitters and stuff like that.”
Shaffer thinks Capital, a NCAA Division III program that competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference, is a great fit for Cotrell. So far this season the Crusaders have a 17-9 record.
“Capital is a good fit for Tater, a level that she can compete at and the league that Capital is in … she couldn’t have picked a better place to go play for her,” he said.
Cotrell hopes to contribute as both a pitcher and a catcher for Capital. In college, she’d like to help the Crusaders reach the Division III Women’s College World Series.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “I want to strive to do my best pitching and catching there hopefully.”
Along with playing for Bradford, Cotrell also has played travel ball, which she said has helped her greatly in her preparations for the college level.
On Monday Cotrell made her college choice along with a Bradford softball teammate Olivia Hart, who is going to play for Sinclair Community College.
“Both of them really love to play softball, and that is the key because you’ve got to put in a whole lot of work, and they’re two girls that definitely can do it,” Shaffer said.
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