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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

8 more players lift IWSL to 65

For the second straight busy week, eight new players have joined the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2018 campaign.

The IWSL now has 65 college softball players in the program with the season opener June 3 still seven weeks away.

Amron Born and Madison Yacko of Simpson, excited about playing on their own college field in Indianola, joined the league this past week in the Central Division. That makes seven players from Simpson in the IWSL.

Megan Bonnett of Luther, Abby Carlin of Western Illinois, Sam Koehn of Marshall University in West Virginia, Makinna Fitzgerald of Southwestern Community College, Hannah Onken of Wartburg and Emma Hartman of Cornell College also have submitted their registration forms.


The Iowa Women's Softball League lost one player this past week, but it was for a good reason. April Brown, a pitcher from Des Moines East High School and Utah State, will be playing professional softball in Germany during the IWSL season.

Born, a center fielder from Norwalk, is a freshman at Simpson. She made the all-state and academic all-state teams in high school and is hitting .333 with three RBIs at Simpson.



8 more softball players join IWSL for 2018

Eight more college players have joined the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2018 season during the past week, swelling the ranks to 58 players with the opener still eight weeks away.

Four more players from Simpson College have joined the league, excited about playing their games in the new Central Division on their own college field in Indianola.

Two more players from Mount Mercy University also have registered, equally excited about playing their games in the Eastern Division on their terrific new field on campus.


The other two players to register in the past week are from Western Illinois University and Missouri Southern. All told, players from 29 different colleges have joined the IWSL so far.



Pence, Kim push IWSL to 50 players

The Iowa Women's Softball League has turned 50.

Not years. Players.

Haley Pence of IUPUI-Indianapolis and Arianna Kim of Simpson College have joined the IWSL for this summer, giving the league 50 players for Year 2 of the program so far.

Pence, a catcher and outfielder from Cedar Falls, is a freshman at IUPUI this season. She has seen action in seven games for IUPUI, which is an NCAA Division I team that competes in the Horizon League.

Kim, a pitcher and outfielder from Rockton, Ill., is a junior at Simpson College in Indianola. She has a 3-1 record and 5.14 ERA for Simpson, which is an NCAA Division III school that plays in the Iowa Conference.


Kim was named all-conference in high school and was honored as an Outstanding Student/Athlete in her league.

The Iowa Women's Softball League was formed by the Metro Sports Report last year and is the only summer college softball program in Iowa. The league will play a 16-game season, with a series of eight Sunday doubleheaders in June and July.



6 more players join IWSL for 2018

There's too much snow on the ground to play college softball in most parts of Iowa right now, but registration for the summer league has accelerated like a snowball going down a hill.

Six more players have joined the Iowa Women's Softball League for this year, boosting the total number of players to 48 for the only collegiate summer league in Iowa.

Natalie Halvorson of Kirkwood, Payton Bruner of Mount Mercy, Lizzy Adams of Coe, Tara Lance of DMACC, Marissa Promes of Buena Vista and Addison Westercamp of Southwestern Community College have all enrolled in the IWSL in the past few days.


Halvorson, a freshman from Cedar Rapids Prairie, has compiled a 10-2 record and 2.52 ERA for the second-ranked Kirkwood Eagles. She is tied for seventh in the country in victories and has shown pinpoint control, with 58 strikeouts and only 11 walks in 75 innings.

Bruner, a sophomore infielder from Cedar Rapids Washington, is hitting .400 for Mount Mercy with three homers and 17 RBIs. The Mustangs are 18-13 overall and 7-5 in the Heart of America Conference after struggling last season.



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.



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