Greenville's Susie Blocher signs with Muskingum University Fighting Muskies softball program. (L-R) Kent Blocher (father), Tonya Blocher (mother). (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Greenville’s Blocher signs with Muskingum University

Susie Blocher signs with fighting Muskies softball team

GREENVILLE—Susie Blocher, the daughter of Tonya and Kent Blocher, signed to play softball with the Muskingum University Fighting Muskies softball program.

“I’m just ready to be a part of the team and do anything they ask,” Blocher said. “I don’t plan on just doing one thing. [I’m looking forward to] starting a new chapter in life.”

Muskingum University is a NCAA DIII private Presbyterian university located in New Concord, Ohio. Blocher will follow in the footsteps of Lady Wave Softball alumnae Kelly Martin (2012) and Karsyn Shaffer (2017), who both played softball at Muskingum. Blocher plans to study exercise science.

She said she chose the school because of the great connection she’s built with Muskingum softball coach Kari Winters.

“She just always kept in touch with me,” she said. “When I visited campus, I got there early. So she took me into her office and explained their schedule and how they work. The  dynamics of the team really drew me in.”

Lady Wave Softball Coach Jerrod Newland said he’s proud of Blocher, both on and off of the field.

“I’ve done this 20 years, and she’s a great student athlete,” Coach Newland said. “She does it the right way. When you think of Susie, you think of her great friends and her family. She has a special place in my heart. She surrounds herself with good people, and makes wise choices. I’m just super proud of her. Obviously, this Spring, a lot will be on her and her fellow seniors’ shoulders, but we’re rooting for her.”

Blocher was recently named the third All-American softball player in Greenville Senior High School history. She is one of only 48 All-American softball players in the United States.

Last season, she played in all 33 regular season games and earned 106 at-bats and scored 32-runs, and 55-hits including 13-doubles and 10-home runs, a .519 batting average and a .555 on base percentage, all while she maintained a 4.0 GPA.

“The greatest thing about Susie is that she’s the complete package,” said Stanley Hughes, Greenville Senior High School Principal. “She’s got the academics, she’s got the athletics, she’s got school spirit, she’s got personality. Just a good person. She can do whatever we ask her to do, whenever she chooses to do it, because that’s the kind of person she is.”

“Susie is one of our multi-sport athletes,” Aaron Shaffer, Greenville Athletic Director said. “She’s a tremendous student. With all of her accolades through her athletics, she’s represented us well. Whether it’s in the classroom or on the field. She represents us very well, we’re super proud of her. We’re looking forward to her continuing to represent Greenville, and Lady Wave Softball, as she moves on to play ball at Muskingum.”

Blocher thanked the Lady Wave coaching staff and her family for their help thus far throughout her softball career.

“[The coaches] all work so hard with each and every player,” she said. “They don’t give up on them. And, I’d like to thank all of the players that made me better, past and present.”

Lady Wave Softball Coaching staff joins Susie Blocher at signing. (L-R) Denny Ruble, Justine Shilt, Jerrod Newland, Alli Hill and Greg Newland. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Susie Blocher with family at NCAA DIII signing with Muskingum University Fighting Muskies softball program. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville's Susie Blocher signs with Muskingum University Fighting Muskies softball program. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Susie Blocher joins friends at NCAA DIII signing with Muskingum University Fighting Muskies softball program. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Susie Blocher with her Lady Wave teammates at NCAA DIII signing with Muskingum University Fighting Muskies softball program. (Gaylen Blosser photo)

Abigail Miller / Editor

Abigail Miller is a Greenville native, Kent State graduate, writer, shopaholic and friend. Contact Darke County Now Reporter Abigail Miller at amiller@darkecountynow.com.

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