MALTA — Faith Roush and Jessie Meyers were integral parts of the Rochelle softball program throughout their four years at Rochelle Township High School. The two Lady Hub student-athletes continued their respective careers at Kishwaukee College this past season, and both players made an immediate impact on the Lady Kougars.
Roush appeared in 34 games this season, batting .266 with one home run, 25 hits, 12 runs and 13 RBIs in 94 at-bats. The former Lady Hub pitcher and infielder recorded three multi-RBI games and eight multi-hit games for Kishwaukee College. Her strongest performances included going 3-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI in a 5-3 win over Bryant & Stratton College on March 27.
“The thing I enjoyed most about this season was that I got to meet a lot of new girls and I made new friends,” Roush said. “They helped pick me up when I started getting down. I got to play a new positon this year (second base) so it was really nice to add that to my list. I feel like I improved a lot throughout the year.”
Meyers played in 33 games for the Lady Kougars, hitting .179 with 12 RBIs, nine runs and 15 hits in 84 at-bats. Meyers finished with four multi-RBI games and two multi-hit games. The former Rochelle pitcher, catcher and infielder went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in Kishwaukee College’s 9-7 win over Rowan College at Burlington County on March 11.
“I enjoyed our spring break trip the most because we played teams that we’ve never seen or that we’ll never see again,” Meyers said. “I improved in the outfield because I didn’t get much playing time out there during my travel season. I want to keep getting better in the outfield because I really enjoy playing out there. Playing at RTHS helped me learn how to balance school and softball.”
Roush and Meyers are two of three former RTHS players currently on the Kishwaukee College softball roster (Michaela Hacaga). The girls will be joined next season by Lady Hub senior Emilee Dueringer, who signed to play for the Lady Kougars this year. Both girls are looking to step their respective games up next season.
“I want my hitting to keep getting better because it wasn’t where I wanted it to be this season,” Roush said. “I will keep working on that. The coaches at RTHS had a similar style to my current coaches, and being moved around a lot in high school has helped me a lot this year as well.”