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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

Kirgan, Braughton join softball league

Erica Kirgan will begin playing in the Iowa Women's Softball League next summer, but she's already made a big impact on the program.

Erica, a graphic design major at Upper Iowa University, created the new IWSL logo that we've been using since September and will continue to feature in years to come.

"Erica designed a terrific logo that gives our league a distinctive look," said league president Jim Ecker. "She's obviously a very talented graphic artist and an equally talented athlete."

Erica set a career record at Upper Iowa University with 27 home runs and finished with 113 RBIs. She helped the Peacocks reach the NCAA  Division II playoffs in 2016 and win the Northern Star Conference title that year as a corner infielder and catcher.

(CLICK HERE TO SEE COMPLETE LIST OF PLAYERS)

Erica graduated from Upper Iowa in 2016 and now works as a graphic artist at Rock Communications in Newton.

Erica will serve as a player/coach in the Iowa Women's Softball League next summer and is actively helping us form the new Central Division that will play in Indianola and Ames.

(CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

Erica starred at Ankeny High School, where she helped them win the Class 5A state title in 2012. She was a two-time all-state selection  and finished in the top-5 in school history in home runs, RBIs, hits and doubles.

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Look Who's Playing in 2018 softball league

Eighteen players have enrolled in the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2018 season as of Monday, Oct. 2.

There are 12 players in the Eastern Division and four players in the Central Division.

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

EASTERN DIVISION (Cedar Rapids)

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)

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)

 

Jones, Ryan, Craig join IWSL for 2018

Haley Jones, Maddy Ryan and Brooke Craig were three of the top players in the Iowa Women's Softball League this past summer.

Now all three college juniors have enrolled in the league again for the 2018 campaign.

Jones and Ryan are the third and fourth players from Coe College to register for next year. All told, 16 players have already enrolled for 2018 since registration began Sept. 1.

(CLICK HERE TO SEE COMPLETE LIST OF PLAYERS)

Jones, a middle infielder from Waterloo West,hit .341 as a sophomore  for the Kohawks last season with 10 home runs and 40 RBIs. She was named first team all-conference in the Iowa Conference.

(CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

Ryan, an outfielder and pitcher from Linn-Mar, hit .359 as a sophomore with two homers and 27 RBIs. She compiled a 3-0 record and 0.00 ERA as a pitcher, not allowing any runs in 22 innings. She was named an Academic All-American for the Kohawks.

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2 Kennedy stars join MSR softball league

Megan Weber and Jenna Schwartzhoff, who helped Cedar Rapids Kennedy finish third at the Class 5A state tournament this year, have joined the Iowa Women's Softball League for next summer.

Weber, who was honored as the 2016/2017 Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Iowa, is now a freshman catcher and first baseman at Coe. She hit .398 this  season with nine homers and 45 RBIs, a year after batting .529 with 13 homers and 56 RBIs. She was named to the all-state teams as a junior and senior.

(CLICK HERE TO SEE COMPLETE LIST OF PLAYERS)

Schwartzhoff is now a freshman pitcher and first baseman at Clarke University in Dubuque. She hit .357 with one homer and 20 RBIs this season at Kennedy and compiled a 9-1 record and 2.20 ERA as a pitcher. She was named to the Mississippi Valley all-conference team.

Kennedy finished with a 37-8 record and enjoyed its best finish at the state tournament in school history.

(CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

Haley McFarlane, who hit .388 with four homers and 31 RBIs for Cedar Rapids Prairie last season, also has joined the Iowa Women's Softball League. She is now a freshman infielder at St. Cloud State.

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3 all-state players join softball league

Three more college softball players who received all-state honors in high school have joined the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2018 campaign next summer.

Lexi Merritt, now a sophomore at Grand View University, was a two-time all-state selection during her prep career at West Des Moines Valley.

Maleah Georgen, a freshman at Luther, was an all-state catcher at West Delaware High School. And Katelyn Banning, a freshman at Indian Hills Community College, earned all-state laurels at Center Point-Urbana.

Nine players have joined the IWSL for next season with many more on the way. (CLICK HERE TO SEE COMPLETE LIST OF PLAYERS)

Merritt, a first baseman, hit .362 with five homers and 53 RBIs as a freshman at Grand View last season. She was named first team  all-conference in the Heart of America and was named the league's Gold Glove winner for first basemen. She also made the NAIA all-region team.

(CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

Georgen hit .411 with two homers and 39 RBIs at West Delaware this season.

Banning, an outfielder and first baseman, hit .455 with 31 RBIs this season and helped the Stormin' Pointers finish third in the Class 3A  state tournament.

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