STARKVILLE – A two-time Player of the Year and PGF Futures All-American, Ella Wesolowski signed with Mississippi State Softball in November.
Wesolowski, a catcher and outfielder from Williamsville, New York, is considered the No. 81 catcher nationally and the No. 34 catcher in class by Extra Inning Softball.
“Ella is an all-round athlete who will continue the tradition of shutdown catchers behind the plate for us,” said the head coach Samantha Ricketts said. “She has incredible overhand speed and is an excellent receiver in the catcher position. She also hits for power and has a high softball IQ that goes along with her natural leadership skills. Coming from a competitive travel ball organization – Top Gun National – coached by Bob Turner, she will be primed for the transition to SEC softball.”
Wesolowski was a four-year letter winner at Williamsville East High School, where she won a state championship in 2019 behind a 27-0 record. Her career began in eighth grade, and she received All-State honors that year after hitting .468 on 37 runs scored. Her freshman season was canceled by Covid-19, but she returned with five homers in her sophomore year to .500 and earned ECIC II Player of the Year honors.
The following summer, she was selected for the 2021 PGF Futures All-America Game. She divided her touring career between With Intensity Softball and Top Gun Softball. She batted .495 for Top Gun en route to her All-American selection and has accumulated 20 home runs and 54 RBIs over the past two years.
“Ella has an absolute gun behind the plate that could potentially shut down everyone’s running game,” Associate Head Coach josh johnson added. “She’s a great receiver and has a lot of pop on her plate. I think she could be an elite of the elite in our program.”
As a junior at Williamsville East, she hit .339 with 14 extra base hits to earn her second straight NYS Player of the Year award. On the travel route, she held opponents down on just 11 successful theft attempts in 2021-22.
“As soon as I stepped onto the field in Mississippi State, I knew this school was the place for me because of the coaching staff and the environment,” Wesolowski said. “The goal of every coach was not only to push everyone to their limits, but also to provide great support and have fun at the same time.”
Mississippi State Softball signed five student-athletes on National Signing Day November 9. The State class was ranked 10th by Extra Inning Softball, the top-ranked class under Ricketts. Each player was ranked in the nation’s top 100 by Extra Inning Softball. The Bulldogs will continue to release a detailed look at each signer throughout the month of December.
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