Former Mustang stars enjoy stardom with OCU Stars
By Patrick Osborne,
Four former Broncos and current Oklahoma City University Stars softball players look to compete in the NAIA national tournament this week in search of the school’s ninth national championship.
Jamie Rateliff, Kyndra Holasek, Shelbi Legg and Kylee Rounsaville all made the move from Mustang High School to OCU.
“It started with Kylee,” said Rateliff. “Then it was kind of like follow the leader after that.”
They all talked about how coming from the same town, there’s the understood level of trust with each other. Holasek and Rounsaville have known each other the longest, while Legg and Rateliff started playing with each other in middle school and have since then.
“We all have played with each other for so long, we all know what each other are going to do,” Legg said.
All four were All-State coming out of high school, and have continued their success on the field at OCU. Rounsaville was named an All-American and National Catcher of the Year her sophomore year as well as being named to the All-Tournament team at nationals. Now in her junior year, she’s batting .311 with 63 RBIs.
Now in her sophomore year, Holasek is batting .511 with 10 home runs and has started in all 63 games. Even with this high batting average and number of hits, she said she tries not to think about it.
“I try to stay away from the whole stats and numbers thing,” she said. “I don’t like to focus on that stuff.”
Rateliff, a junior and 2014 Academic All-American, is batting .345 with an impressive year on the mound as well. She boasts a 13-2 record with a 1.55 ERA and is one of few who can say she has pitched a perfect game. She’s posted four complete games and two shutouts this year as well.
Legg, a sophomore, is batting .250 with 10 RBIs in 68 plate appearances. She batted .314 with 20 RBIs as a freshman. She also holds the title of the 2011 Class 6A state champion in the 4×800 meter relay while in Mustang.
Combined, the girls have racked up 250 of the team’s 588 hits, 182 of the team’s 402 RBIs and 24 of its 43 home runs.
Looking back to Mustang, each had her own influential or favorite coach. Rateliff and Holasek both said coach Jerry Long, Legg said coach Lorenz and Rounsaville said Tim Wade.
They all have fond memories of Mustang and Broncos softball, and look forward to making it five Broncos next year with Laci Joyner following in her sister’s footsteps by committing to OCU.
The 52-11 OCU Stars, riding an eight-game win streak, start round one of nationals this Friday at noon in Columbus, Ga., against Simpson out of California.