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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

Duwa, Menster returning to IWSL for 2018

Hailey Duwa of Western Illinois and Tawny Menster of Mount Mercy were two of the mainstays in the Iowa Women's Softball League last season in the first year of the new program.

Now they are coming back for an encore in the 2018 campaign this summer.

There are now 42 players in the IWSL for 2018, with 29 players in the Eastern Division in Cedar Rapids and 13 players for the new Central Division in Ames and Indianola.


Duwa, a first baseman from Pleasant Valley, is currently hitting .337 at Western Illinois with one homer and 11 RBIs.

Menster, a pitcher and outfielder, is hitting .333 with eight homers and 17 RBIs. She also has a 4-3 record and 4.23 ERA as a pitcher.



Look Who's Playing in 2018 softball league

Forty-two players have enrolled in the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2018 season as of Monday, March 19.

There are 29 players in the Eastern Division and 13 players in the Central Division.

If you would like to enroll, pleaseĀ CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


1. Katelyn Banning, OF/1B, Indian Hills (Center Point-Urbana)
2. Maleah Georgen, C, Luther (West Delaware)
3. Jennifer Giesey, SS, Winona State (Crystal Lake, Ill.)
4. Morgan Goedken, C, Wartburg (Iowa City Regina)
5. Erin Kuba, 3B, Indian Hills (Cedar Rapids Jefferson)
6. Mallory McArtor, MIF/OF, Coe (Mid-Prairie)
7. Jenna Schwartzhoff, P/1B, Clarke (Cedar Rapids Kennedy)
8. Megan Weber, C/1B, Coe (Cedar Rapids Kennedy)
9. Haley McFarlane, IF, St. Cloud State (Cedar Rapids Prairie)
10. Brooke Craig, P, Northern Iowa (Waterloo Columbus)
11. Haley Jones, SS/2B, Coe (Waterloo West)
12. Maddy Ryan, OF/P, Coe (Linn-Mar)
13. Morgan Braughton, OF, Mount Mercy (Linn-Mar)
14. Taylor Henderson, 3B/OF, Mount Mercy (Center Point-Urbana)
15. Avery Guy, SS, DMACC (Cedar Rapids Jefferson)
16. Erin Drahozal, P/IF, Upper Iowa (Xavier)
17. Kelsey Aikey, P, Western Kentucky (Waverly Shell-Rock)
18. Sydney Robertson, OF, Mount Mercy (Vinton-Shellsburg)
19. Brie Tauber, IF, Clarke (Dubuque Hempstead)
20. Paige Timmerman, IF, Luther (Cedar Rapids Kennedy)
21. Taylor Kurtz, P/1B/3B, U of Dubuque (Mid-Prairie)
22. Alyssa Wiebel, SS/LF, Illinois State (Benton Community)
23. Morgan Christner, P, Illinois State (Burlington Notre Dame)
24. Brittni LaFountaine, C, Illinois State (East Moline, Ill.)
25. Stephanie Thulen, OF, Illinois State (Fenton, Ill.)
26. Tianna Drahn, OF, Northern Iowa (Cedar Rapids Kennedy)
27. KyLeigh Becker, P/OF, Loras (West Liberty)
28. Hailey Duwa, 1B, Western Illinois (Pleasant Valley)
29. Tawny Menster, P/OF, Mount Mercy (Anamosa)

CENTRAL DIVISION (Indianola & Ames)

1. April Brown, P, Utah State (Des Moines East)
2. Lexi Merritt, 1B, Grand View (West Des Moines Valley)
3. Emma Olejniczak, P/OF, Northern Iowa (Perry)
4. Addy Pender, C/1B, Luther (Johnston)
5. Erica Kirgan, IF, Upper Iowa (Ankeny)
6. Madi Parrott, SS, NW Oklahoma State (Indianola)
7. Cheyenne Thompson, C/3B, Graceland (SE Polk)
8. Megan Rushing, 2B/3B, South Dakota State (WDM Valley)
9. Allison Fleming, C/OF, Albright College (Urbandale)
10. Olivia Goodale, P, Indian Hills (Johnston)
11. Meghan Gould, 2B/SS, Southwestern (Murray)
12. Tiffany Barr, C, Southwestern (Indianola)
13. Nicole DuToit, OF, Ellsworth (Southeast Polk)


DuToit is 40th player to join IWSL

Nicole DuToit of Ellsworth Community College has become the 40th player to join the Iowa Women's Softball League for this summer.

DuToit, an outfielder, is hitting .500 with four RBIs for Ellsworth this season as a sophomore. She hit .250 with 10 RBIs last year.

DuToit, who attended Southeast Polk High School, has selected the new Central Division this season with games in Ames and Indianola. There is also an Eastern Division in Cedar Rapids.

The Iowa Women's Softball League was created by the Metro Sports Report last year and is the only collegiate summer league in Iowa. All current and former college players are eligible, including graduating seniors.


The IWSL will play a 16-game season in 2018, with a series of eight Sunday doubleheaders in June and July.



Drahn, Becker returning to IWSL for Year 2

Tianna Drahn and KyLeigh Becker had a good time in the Iowa Women's Softball League last season.

Now they are returning for Year 2.

Drahn, an outfielder at the University of Northern Iowa, and Becker, a pitcher and outfielder at Loras, submitted their registration forms for the 2018 IWSL season over the weekend.

Tiffany Barr, a catcher at Southwestern Community College, also has joined the league. Southwestern has canceled its entire schedule this year due to a lack of players, but Barr and several of her teammates will be playing in the IWSL to stay sharp.


A total of 39 players have now joined the league for this season, with 27 players in the Eastern Division in Cedar Rapids and 12 players for the new Central Division in Ames and Indianola.



4 Illinois State players join IWSL

The softball team at Illinois State University hopes to battle for the Missouri Valley Conference title again this season after tying for the championship last year.

When their season is over, four of the Redbirds will be heading to Cedar Rapids to compete in the Iowa Women's Softball League this summer.

Alyssa Wiebel, a shortstop and left fielder from Benton Community, and Morgan Christner, a pitcher from New London, played in the inaugural season of the IWSL last summer.


Brittni LaFountaine, a catcher from East Moline, Ill., and Stephanie Thulen, a center fielder from Fenton, Ill., will be playing in IWSL for the first time this season.


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