Shared from the 7/6/2020 Mon Valley Independent eEdition

Edinboro serves as next stop for Ringgold’s Nya Adams

The Rams standout will continue her softball career as a member of the Fighting Scots.

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Mike Darnay / MVI Sports Ringgold and Rams Fast Pitch shortstop Nya Adams presents the ball to the umpire after tagging out Jaguars Fast Pitch’s Claire Whalen during a Mon Valley Independent Senior Swing softball tournament game Wednesday in Washington Township.

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Mike Darnay / MVI Sports Nya Adams, a shortstop for Ringgold and Rams Fast Pitch, will continue her academic and softball careers at Edinboro University.

Having lost out on her senior softball season, Ring-gold’s Nya Adams is grateful to be back on the field with her teammates for the Mon Valley Independent Senior Swing softball tournament. “Although it’s not quite the same, I’m enjoying being around the team again,” Adams said.

While she is getting one last chance to stand alongside her teammates as a member of Rams Fast Pitch in the inaugural tourney, Adams is using the experience as another way to prepare for what’s to come at the collegiate level. Adams’ softball career will continue next year when she joins the Fighting Scots at Edinboro University in Erie. The star shortstop will play in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference for veteran coach Dan Gierlak, who has spent more than three decades with the program.

“The exercise science department is excellent and where I currently see my future,” said Adams, the daughter of Gregg Adams of Finleyville and Christine Watkins of Charleroi. “I like the idea of playing against some of our local colleges and was hoping it will help my dad see most of my games. I want to win now and come out (of school) as a physical therapist.”

Adams fielded 24 offers from schools all over the country at all levels thanks to the utilization of Next College Student Athlete, a for-profit organization that connects middle and high school student athletes with college coaches.

In the end, though, Adams chose to continue her academics in state.

Not to mention she chose to play softball rather than basketball.

“I actually had a hard time deciding between softball and hoops,” said Adams, a four-year starter on the Ring-gold girls basketball team. “I love them both.

“Basketball kept me in shape and my dad always taught me the responsibility of the point guard is to make the other four players better. I took that to heart. I’ve learned to lead by example and put my teammates in positions to succeed.”

Adams began her softball career when she was 3 years old. Growing up, she played alongside her sister, Natalie, and developed a pure admiration for the game, one that still exists to this day.

“I love to compete and prove my capabilities,” Adams said. “I didn’t get to play much back then, but I knew I was better than the players ahead of me. I waited my turn and took advantage when the opportunity came.” In addition to starting all four years on the basketball court, Adams was a three-year starter on the softball field. She would have started and served as a veteran leader as a senior had the COVID-19 pandemic not canceled the spring sports season.

Adams’ final high school softball season, however, was one to remember as she set the tone at the top of Ringgold’s lineup and helped lead the Rams to the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals.

As a junior in 2019, Adams hit .500 with one home run, a team-high 22 RBIs and 24 runs scored. She also led the Rams with 11 doubles and 11 stolen bases.

Now that her high school career is in the rear view mirror, Adams said she wants those who look back at her career to think of her as having been a team player, one who helped lay the foundation for the success of the Ringgold softball program. “I believe we were going to put a few things in that trophy case this year,” Adams said. “(We were going to be) the best team Ringgold ever had. I love those girls.”

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