To say the past week has been a recruiting whirlwind for graduated Layton High softball pitcher Jackie Gold would be an understatement.
Late last week, LHS softball head coach Kiley Crockett got a call from Weber State softball head coach Mary Kay Amicone.
Amicone wanted to talk to Gold about possibly playing softball at WSU. Gold met with Amicone on Monday, who asked her to come back to a camp Wednesday where Gold pitched a bullpen session.
She turned some heads at the camp, enough for Amicone to offer a scholarship.
On Gold’s way home, she called Crockett and told him that not only did she get that offer but that she had committed.
With Gold’s commitment, WSU is getting arguably the best pitcher north of Salt Lake City and one of the best in the state.
The Wildcats are getting pitching help right on time after their top two pitchers from this past season — Addie Jensen and Tatiana Su’esu’e — graduated.
Gold did the heavy lifting for the Region 1-champion Lancers this season in the pitcher’s circle. She pitched 153 1/3 innings with a 2.74 ERA, gave up 152 hits, 53 walks and struck out 153.
“It’s just a dream come true for her, she’s so ecstatic. Mary Kay’s a tough coach, but Jackie’s tough, she loves to work hard,” Crockett said.
Gold was a central player to the Lancers’ state runner-up finish this season. She pitched 145 2/3 innings in 2018 with a 2.79 ERA, striking out 148 batters against just 31 walks.
Gold picked WSU over several other schools that had extended offers or had interest, including Snow College and Utah State-Eastern.
STRINGFELLOW NAMED GATORADE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Syracuse High sophomore midfielder Caroline Stringfellow was named the 2018-19 Gatorade Utah Girls Soccer Player of the Year.
Stringfellow scored 22 goals with 16 assists this season, leading the Titans to their second straight Region 1 title.
The BYU commit has scored 51 goals with 48 assists in her two years at Syracuse. Stringfellow has been named Standard-Examiner All-Area Girls Soccer Most Valuable Player two years in a row.
As part of a Gatorade marketing platform, Stringfellow now has the opportunity to award a $1,000 grant to a local or national youth sports organization of her choosing, according to a press release.
Stringfellow joins Davis High alumna Olivia Wade (2016-17) as recent local winners of the honor.
In other area news, Bear River High graduate Tyler Hinkle has committed to play baseball at William Penn University, an NAIA school in Iowa.