Much like the baseball program, Nebraska softball saw some major talent walk off into the sunset. It seemed like the Edwards sisters were just as much a part of the game day atmosphere as the Bowlin Stadium crowd. Fortunately, head coach Rhonda Revelle has reinforcements lined up
Arguably the best in-state class in the program’s history will be joining her roster. It includes a very dangerous pitcher looking to step into Tatum Edwards’ shoes: Kaylan Jablonski.
She’ll shortly be getting comfortable in Lincoln, preparing to play on a team that it seems she was born to be a part of.
“I’ve been going to Husker games since I was three,” Jablonski recalls. “The coaching staff at Nebraska is phenomenal. It’s like we’re all family down there now.”
Despite her home state affection, Jablonski admires Revelle and her staff for more than their athletic achievements over the years.
“They’re just so energetic. Sometimes you go down to a college campus and it’s like you’re an employee there. Coach Sippel is a genius and coach Revelle is so caring. She does everything with such passion and coach Miller’s so energetic. They’re just all so loving.”
The Gold matched up against teams from Texas and Georgia among other states
Jablonski isn’t unfamiliar with major competition or success.
She helped the Omaha Skutt SkyHawks take home their first state title in softball as a sophomore before adding another championship as a senior.
Her Player of the Year honor is the first any SkyHawk has ever received for softball.
A righty, she compiled a 23-2 record and a 0.81 ERA on the mound, along with a .610 batting average including nine home runs and 33 RBI at the plate as a senior. A four-time first team All-State choice, she now holds the state record for career batting average (.557).
Acknowledging that her changeup still needs a bit of work, Jablonski prides herself in being a student of the game, studying pitchers when attending events that feature other prominent national talent.
She interacted with the Edwards sisters often when tripping down to Lincoln for camps and credits Nebraska’s ace from last season for giving her guidance. “Tatum was always at the pitching camps and always had something constructive.”
Her goals as a freshman are pretty cut-and-dried. “Whatever coach Revelle needs me to do, I’ll do. It’ll be me, Emily Lockman and Caitlin Bartsch from Texas, so we’ll definitely have a good pitching staff. I want to keep that ERA down,” Jablonski said with a laugh, “got to keep that ERA down. That’s a big goal for me. 1.8 would be acceptable.”
She hasn’t even stepped on the mound for the Huskers once, but Jablonski has already determined what she wants her mark on Nebraska softball to be.
“One of my big goals for my career at Nebraska is to be an All-American pitcher and hitter.”
That’s not all.
“I want to walk out with a national championship.”
It sounds like coach Revelle may have found the next Tatum Edwards or better yet, the first Kaylan Jablonski.
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