Aberdeen High School senior Katlynn Smith signed a National Letter of Intent on Monday to play softball for Cottey College (Missouri). (Submitted photo)

Aberdeen High School senior Katlynn Smith signed a National Letter of Intent on Monday to play softball for Cottey College (Missouri). (Submitted photo)

‘Little fireball’ Katlynn Smith signs with Cottey College

Aberdeen High School senior Katlynn Smith signed a National Letter of Intent on Monday to play softball for Cottey College in Nevada, Missouri.

An active scholar-athlete, Smith was part of the softball, wrestling, dance and cheer teams for the Bobcats as well as participating in the Leadership Club, as an ASB senator and Booster Club representative.

The 5-foot-1 senior has also played for the PNW Force club softball program out of Olympia since the eighth grade, converting from a middle infielder into a hard-throwing third baseman and left-handed slap hitter, according to Force head coach Jeremy Taylor-Sparks.

“Cottey is getting a little fireball,” Taylor-Sparks said of Smith, who also sports a 3.8 GPA. “They’re getting a big stick of dynamite in a small package.”

Taylor-Sparks added that Smith has garnered attention from college programs since she was a freshman due to her “cannon for an arm,” speed and fearlessness.

“She’s not scared of anything. She’s very fast … She’s deceptively strong and she loves to compete,” he said. ”Cottey College) is getting an enthusiastic young lady that wants to compete at the highest level.”