AFTON — Jakey Dobbs, a three-time all-Lucky 7 pitcher for Afton, signed a softball letter of intent with Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College Tuesday morning.
“It’s close to my grandparents and Coach McCune (Lady Raven Ryan McCune) is really amazing, “ Dobbs said. “He made me feel comfortable and I like what he’s going to do with the program.”
McCune is in his first year as the Lady Ravens’ softball coach. He had been baseball coach at CCC for the previous five seasons.
McCune succeeds Crystal Vega, who left after three seasons.
“I am excited,” McCune said. “Jakey has a tremendous up-side. She has a frame that will get stronger and fill out. She’s got a plus change-up and is just a great kid, to boot.”
Dobbs posted a 43-50 record in four seasons for the Lady Eagles. She had a 1.88 ERA with 412 strikeouts and only 119 walks.
She was the MVP at the Welch tournament as a sophomore.
Dobbs, who has a 4.0 grade point average, was 8-17 this past season, fanning 136 with 36 walks in 136 innings of work. She was named to the Oklahoma Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Region 3 team.
Dobbs hit .393 as a senior, collecting 24 hits in 61 at-bats. She had three doubles and a triple. She drove in nine runs and scored eight times.
Her career batting average was .316 with 86 hits and 37 RBIs.
She attended an National Fastpitch Coaches Association recruiting exposure camp in Mustang last fall and was clocked at 59-60 mph.
“I believe I can gain 3 or 4 mph by a good weightlifting program and technique improvement,” Dobbs said.
“I am glad to see her get this chance,” Afton coach Ojay Bowen said. “She has what it takes. She has a good work ethic and will do the job she needs to do.”
McCune plans on using Dobbs primarily as a pitcher.
“He told me up front ‘you are my pitcher… you are going to be in the circle,’” Dobbs said. “I really like that because I want to be ‘the girl’ in the circle. I want to have control of the game.”
“She’s athletic enough that I am going to give her a chance to hit, but primarily she’s going to toe the rubber for us,” McCune said. “Sometimes the pitcher is your best athlete on the field.”
McCune, who is hitting the recruiting trail in Oklahoma hard, plans on signing 11 players, He will have four returnees next season.
“This is my first class and my first time recruiting women, but the one thing I knew I had to have was character,” McCune said. “That is something I like in Jakey a lot.”