(PARK HILLS, Mo.) – Outfielder and pitcher RikkiLyn Wright has found her comfort zone with the Mineral Area College softball team after her first season in college. The former West County Bulldog hit .275 with four homers and 22 RBI during the spring. Wright didn’t enroll at MAC right away, but she said joining the Cardinals was a great decision.

Wright said she discovered some newfound power in her swing this year.

Wright also pitched 49 innings for the Cardinals in her freshman season. She said while she hoped to pitch a little more, she is still satisfied with how she did.

As she prepares for the fall softball season with MAC, Wright is set to take on a coaching role in youth softball. Wright will be the head coach for the Mineral Area 14U Bandits in the same program that her older brother, C.J., founded a few years ago. RikkiLyn said she can’t wait to mentor the girls that have looked up to her over the years.

RikkiLyn’s niece, Gracie, will be one of the girls playing for the 14U Bandits next season. RikkiLyn, who was coached by her brother in high school, said it’s special to follow in her family’s footsteps this way.

The Mineral Area 14U Bandits will likely play some fall tournaments before starting the new season at the beginning of next summer.