Nov. 13, 2013
Ohio Softball 2014-15 Signing Class
ATHENS, Ohio -- Sixth-year head coach Jodi Hermanek and the Ohio University softball program announced the addition of two student-athletes - INF Mikayla Cooper (Delaware, Ohio) and OF/C Michaela Dorsey (Grove City, Ohio) - in the early signing period of the 2014-15 recruiting class.
"With only two signees, the class might be small in numbers but is very mighty," said Hermanek. "The Bobcats are signing two of the finest 2014 student-athletes in the state of Ohio. Cooper and Dorsey love being on the ball field, and they love to win. Both of them have experienced the responsibilities of performing at a high level on the softball field and in the classroom."
Cooper is a .561 career hitter with 33 home runs out of Rutherford B. Hayes High School. She tallied eight doubles, three triples and 11 home runs to go along with 48 RBIs en route to earning Central Ohio All-Metro Player of the Year honors and guiding the Pacers to their third straight Ohio Capital Conference division title as a junior in 2012. Cooper also garnered All-State Division I First Team honors last season after earning Second Team honors as a sophomore and Honorable Mention as a freshman. She is a two-time Delaware Hayes MVP and three-time Delaware Haynes Offensive Player of the Year selection and has earned First Team All-OCC honors three times.
Born Dec. 11, 1995, she is the daughter of John and Amy Cooper. She has three siblings - Tessa, Caleb and Colby.
"Coop plays hard every day, every play," said Hermanek. "She can and will do anything to win and will perform at any position a coach asks of her. With her offensive power and defensive tenacity, Cooper has the potential to dominate in the Mid-American Conference."
Dorsey owns a .390 career batting average to go along with 33 stolen bases in 35 attempts in her three seasons at Central Crossing High School. She hit .373 last season as a junior despite missing 10 games due to an ankle injury after batting at a career-best .414 clip as a sophomore. A First Team All-District pick in 2013, she helped guide Central Crossing to Division I District and Ohio Capital Conference crowns in 2011 and '12.
Born June 15, 1996, she is the daughter of Steve and Rona Dorsey. The Dorsey name is no stranger to Ohio softball - Michaela's mother, Rona, was a pitcher for Ohio University and her older sister, Savannah Jo, is entering her sophomore season as a pitcher for the Bobcats.
"Dorsey is a very athletic talent and comes from a family who eats, sleeps and bleeds Ohio softball," said Hermanek. "She possess the tools - speed, a strong arm and instinct - to become a tremendous outfielder."
Ohio opens the 2013 regular season in Columbia, S.C., at the Carolina Classic Feb. 7-9.