State Fair Community College Lady Roadrunners softball pitcher/outfielder MacKenze Gudde has decided to continue her academic and athletic career at Central Methodist University (CMU) in Fayette after her sophomore season at SFCC. The signing of a National Letter of Intent took place at the Fred E. Davis Multipurpose Center on the Sedalia campus.
"MacKenze was an integral part of the first year of our program," said Head Coach Lyndsey Talbot. "I'm looking forward to seeing what she does in her second year here. She played every inning, whether she was in the outfield or in the circle. She hit anywhere from the one to three position in the lineup every game."
Gudde began her SFCC career with a walk-off grand slam to secure the first victory in program history. In that same game, she pitched a complete game.
Gudde, a Sedalia native and Cole Camp High School graduate, was named second-team All-Region 16 in the outfield. She is the first SFCC softball player to earn postseason honors. She also was named first-team all-conference in the Missouri Community College Athletic Conference.
In her first year, Gudde finished first on the team in slugging percentage at .582, second in batting average at .352, led her team in home runs with nine, and had 44 RBIs. Her on base percentage was .400.
Gudde spent significant time in the pitching circle during her freshman season. She led pitching with 30 appearances while pitching a staff high 152 innings. She threw 18 complete games.
Coach Talbot expects Gudde to play the outfield at Central Methodist University.
"She is definitely more comfortable in the outfielder position, and that is what CMU needs for its team," said Talbot. "Central Methodist is the type of program in which pitchers only pitch."
Gudde plans to major in education at CMU.
"MacKenze was one of my first signees," said Talbot. "It's exciting to see her continue her academic and athletic career. CMU has a great education program."