Zink feels 'like a million bucks' after signing

By JONATHAN SAXON
jsaxon@dcerald.com


FERDINAND — It’ll be a Zink family affair in New Albany by this time next year.

Forest Park senior Macie Zink signed her national letter of intent Wednesday to play college softball at Indiana University Southeast. Zink, a three-sport athlete who also plays volleyball and basketball, has been a three-year starter for the Rangers, and owns a .473 career batting average to go along with 91 runs, 55 RBIs, 27 stolen bases and nine home runs in three seasons. She also has a .952 fielding percentage. Macie will be joining her brother, Trever, who also plays baseball for the Grenadiers.

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Forest Park's Macie Zink signed her letter of intent to play softball at Indiana University Southeast on Wednesday.

“Signing today has taken a lot of weight off my shoulders,” said Zink, who was joined by her family and members of Forest Park’s softball, basketball and volleyball teams for a ceremony in the school library. “All the hard work and dedication I’ve put in, it really just all came together for me. Going to play at the collegiate level was my main dream. Now that I’ve officially signed, I feel like a million bucks.”

Grenadiers softball coach Joe Witten was also in attendance at the signing, and spoke of not just Zink’s skills, but also the manner in which she carries herself on the field signaled that she would be a great fit at Southeast.

“A coach that I had been competing against at another school said, ‘You might want to look at this girl,’” he said, referring to former Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College softball coach Mark Feller, who was recruiting Zink before he left to become the tournament director at USA Elite Select. “She’s very stoic, very poised, has a lot of confidence in how she plays. She plays with such urgency. She doesn’t wait for something to happen, she anticipates very well. She plays at a different speed than most her age.”

Rangers coach Kelly Schroering said she felt honored to coach Zink, and believes her combination of leadership and athletic ability made her worthy of competing at the collegiate level. She recalled how Zink stole home plate during a sectional game her sophomore year, and thinks that moment encapsulates both her fearlessness and knowledge of the game.

“Anytime one of our kids signs, it’s really important,” she said. “It’s a pride moment for us on the softball team, but also Forest Park, in general, to see one of our athletes go to the next level. She understands the game, and her knowledge of the game sets her apart as well.”

Her parents, Bob and Yvonne Zink, are both over the moon to have two children playing collegiate sports at the same school, and are looking forward to the spring trips to watch as many games as possible.

“I love it,” Bob said. “She’s going to be fun to watch, and it’s what she always wanted to do. When she was young, she played baseball with the boys. So right then I knew she was going to be good when she got older. She kept improving, wanting to practice more and turned out to be a great ball player.”

“We might just move to New Albany since we’ll have Trever playing baseball and Macie playing softball. We’re looking forward to that,” Yvonne added.

Zink, who also earned all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior, as well as All-State honors last season, said she has sacrificed a lot to have this opportunity. There were times she left one sport to go put in extra time in the batting cages, and had to juggle multiple sporting commitments on a weekend, depending on how the scheduling worked out. Now, with her future set, she looks forward to using her senior softball season to show what the Grenadiers are in for.

“I just want to soak in all the memories I can,” said Zink, who will be studying to become a neonatal nurse practitioner. “I’m just going to push to do the best I can. I’m just going to keep working as if I wasn’t already committed.”

 




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