Rinker announces verbal commitment to Radford

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Jocelyne Rinker
PCHS junior Jocelyne Rinker leads off third base as head coach Alan Knight watches the plate during the Panthers' 4-2 win over Strasburg on May 17.

~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH — Rising senior first baseman Jocelyn Rinker announced over the weekend that she has verbally committed to play Division I softball for Radford University following her senior campaign with the Page County Panthers, according to an article published yesterday by the Daily News-Record.

“It was really about the environment for me with Radford,” Rinker told the DNR‘s Cody Elliott. “It felt like my hometown and it felt right when I stepped foot on campus. I had some choices to make and in my heart, I just knew it was the right one.”

During her junior year this spring, Rinker earned first team All-District and All-Region honors, while hitting .466 with six home runs and 40 RBIs. She recorded an .830 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage.

Rinker chose Radford over Division III national champion Christopher Newport, but said the decision was “really close.”

Despite losing six seniors that graduated in May, the Panthers will head into the 2023 spring season with some firepower and likely contend for another deep post-season run as longtime head coach Alan Knight simply reloads within his solid program. This spring Pager County finished as the Virginia Class 2 runner-up, losing the state championship, 1-0, to now two-time defending champ Appomattox.

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