Galena’s McNemar signs to play softball at Division I Auburn

McNemar is a 2X All-State player at Galena High School.

GALENA, Kan. – Riley McNemar is making the jump from the CNC to the SEC.

“I am ready. I’ve been ready for four years now,” McNemar says, “I think it will be a very big jump, but I think I’m ready for it.”

“She’s always in the cages, getting extra reps and playing all year round,” says Galena head softball coach Jacoby Martin, “She’s well-prepared for SEC softball.”

McNemar signed Tuesday afternoon to continue her softball career at Auburn University.

She is part of an Auburn recruiting class that’s been ranked one of the best recruiting classes in the country.

“I do feel a little bit of pressure, but I also feel a little bit of confidence, because I’m a part of that. I know I contribute a lot to that,” McNemar adds.

McNemar will play 2nd base for the Tigers.

“As a softball player, she’s a coaches dream,” Martin adds, “I mean she’s powerful offensively and defensively. She can play all over the field for us. She primarily plays shortstop for us, but she can play anywhere.”

She’s a 2X All-State selection but missed her junior season last spring due to COVID-19.

“High school ball is really just an escape,” McNemar says, “I love my teammates. I love the team. It’s so much fun. Not being able to do that and having to sit at home, not seeing any of them and not practicing all season, it was really tough.”

With this part of the process behind her, McNemar now turns her attention to her senior season, which she wants to finish the right way.

“I want to get a state championship,” McNemar finishes, “We have the potential to go to state and we have the potential to win state. We just need to do it.”

While McNemar signed to join the Auburn softball program on Tuesday, she says she’s been committed to Auburn since 2017.