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Softball Factory Alumnae Makes Verbal Commitment

Kimberly Wert, ’17

When Kimberly Wert was 10 years old she decided that she wanted to play collegiate softball. Since then she’s worked hard to achieve her dreams. Last year after a summer of travels and college visits she made the decision and verbally committed to play at Hofstra University in New York.

Wert, who primarily plays catcher, had been heavily recruited by colleges and universities for two years prior to making her decision to attend the Colonial Athletic Association Division I school.

Softball Factory Senior Director Lea Ann Jarvis remembers seeing Kimberly at her first College PREP event in Bel Air, MD.

“She had a great skill set as a catcher, great pop time,” said Jarvis. “She really understood how to play the position.”

Jarvis went on to say that as strong as she is defensively Kimberly can also produce offensively, noting that Wert is a solid gap-to-gap hitter.

Kimberly joined the Factory family in 2013 and since then has been invited to compete in Under Armour Softball Factory National Team events around the country.

“She [Kimberly] has a great attitude about the game and a great work ethic to go along with it.” Jarvis said, “I felt like she gave back to the game what she was getting out of it and to me that’s one of the most important qualities in a player. I look forward to seeing her success at the next level.”

Audrey Lyle Commits to Division I Belmont University

Audrey Lyle, ’18

On April 11th, after considering multiple offers, Audrey Lyle verbally committed to continuing her education and softball career at Division I Belmont University. Five days later she hit her first high school career home run for the Westlake Demons as a sophomore on the varsity team.

Ryan Schweikert has been Audrey’s Softball Factory Player Development Coordinator since 2013 and has seen her transform into a competitive athlete.

“Audrey progressed [over the past few years] extremely fast for a girl her age. She has a great work ethic and a great support system [in her family] that has helped turn her into a Division I player,” said Schweikert.

Lyle began her journey with Softball Factory in 2013, attending a national tryout in her home state of Ohio. Since then she has attended multiple high level, invite-only events including Select Training at Vero Beach, 2014 Softball Factory Christmas Camp and Tournament, and the 2016 All-American Pre-Season Tournament.

Evaluations at these events are done by Softball Factory on-field directors and coaches. Audrey’s evaluations consistently praised her advanced techniques, improvement between events, and the hard work she put in to get there.

“I am so thankful for all of the support and instruction I have received from the Softball Factory and its coaches over the past few years,” said Audrey by email. “They taught me how to become a better softball player and person.”

Audrey’s parents, Rick and Laura Lyle, are thrilled to see their daughter find her future home at Belmont.

“The campus and its coaches and players were everything she could have imagined when looking for a place to call home,” said her mother Laura, “She is going to keep working hard so that she gets to Belmont ready to contribute, both on the field and off.”