Former Crusader Ryleigh Buck completes softball career at Wichita State University

Greg Williams
Wellington Daily News
Wichita State and former Wellington Crusader Ryleigh Buck coming into the dugout after scoring a run for the Shockers

WELLINGTON, Kansas - Wellington High School Class of 2016 graduate Ryleigh Buck has completed her collegiate softball career at Wichita State University.

Buck, 23, finished her senior season with a .290 batting average, 11 home runs, 12 doubles, a triple, 42 hits, 42 RBIs and a .962 fielding percentage. This season she earned AAC All-Tournament Team and Second Team All-Conference Honors.

Also, Buck earned First Team All-Conference in 2019, was named to the 2018-19 American All-Academic Team and was on the 2018 Second Team All-Conference.

The No. 23 ranked Shockers season ended in the NCAA Regional Tournament, which was hosted by top-ranked Oklahoma. There was controversy on the regional pairings and how the Shockers were too good of a team to be in Norman.

However, Buck and the Shockers had a sensational weekend.

Wichita State would sweep Texas A&M and would have a close Game 1 against the No.1 Oklahoma, but couldn't secure the win. In Game 2, the Shockers couldn't keep up with the Sooners and it ended their season with a 41-13-1 record. 

In the regional tournament, Buck would go 5-for-15, hit two home runs, five RBIs, three runs and executed an unassisted double play. The two home runs came from one game against Oklahoma. 

In Wellington, Buck started four years on the softball team, was named 2016 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year and was a member of the gold medal USA Women's Baseball team in the Pan-American games in Toronto, Canada.

Originally, Buck attended Central Florida but wasn't cleared to play due to a medical issue. She decided to transfer and narrowed her choices to Wichita State and Kansas. Schools that also inquired about Buck were Arizona State, LSU and Oklahoma State. 

Buck recently got engaged and has earned a degree in Sport and Exercise Science with a minor in psychology. She is going to physical therapy school to continue her education.