Enterprise’s Keltner commits to Dominican University for softball

Enterprise High’s Shelby Keltner signed her letter of intent to play softball for Dominican University of California. (Contributed photo)

The future is set for Enterprise High’s Shelby Keltner. Well, at least the next five years.

Keltner made it official Thursday to continue her softball career by signing a letter of intent to play for Dominican University of California, an NCAA Division II program in San Rafael.

“Earning a scholarship and playing the sport I love in college is everything an athlete strives for,” Keltner said. “I feel honored to have the opportunity to play at the collegiate level…Knowing my near future is somewhat planned for me, I look forward to making it my own.”

Enterprise High’s Shelby Keltner signs to play for Dominican University of California for softball. (Contributed photo).

Keltner has been a standout for the Hornets for three varsity seasons, excelling in both hitting and in the pitching circle the last two years to attract the attention of college scouts. She hit .319 last year with 23 hits, two home runs and 16 RBIs while compiling a 9-7 record and a 1.97 earned run average in 120.2 innings as a pitcher, tallying 184 strikeouts to only 32 walks. Hornets coach George Robinson believes her pitching will translate best to the next level because of the increased velocity and movement in all of her pitches.

“Shelby has been one of the hardest working student-athletes that I coached,” said Enterprise coach George Robinson. “She has bettered herself every year because of her hard work and goal setting. She has gone from a good player to an excellent player who received offers from D1 and D2 colleges.”

Keltner was considering schools such as San Francisco State, Columbia University, Holy Names, George Fox, Sonoma State, Santa Clara University, Lewis and Clark, and Montreat College in North Carolina. But she decided on Dominican because it was the right fit and only a few hours away from home.

Enterprise High’s Shelby Keltner had a 1.92 ERA as a junior for the Hornets. (Contributed photo).

“As soon as I got on campus I felt at home,” Keltner said. “I get the small campus atmosphere in a beautiful area where I am close to the beach, the city and my family.”

Dominican is part of the PacWest Conference and went 17-35 last season.

Across 94 varsity games, Keltner has batted .341 (91 of 304) with 52 RBIs and six homers. As a pitcher, she holds a record of 20-14 with a 2.29 ERA in 226.2 innings with 27 complete games, 345 strikeouts and 64 walks.

Keltner’s intended major is nursing and plans on enrolling in a physician’s assistant program to become a surgical assistant, she said.

About T.J. Holmes

T.J. is a national award-winning journalist who has roamed sidelines, baselines and bleachers in the North State since 2010. He shares his passion for sports and the community with his fiancé Tracy, who works alongside him as a videographer for Shasta County Sports. Story tip: shastacountysports@gmail.com.

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