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Summer softball league jumps to 75 players

Ten more players have joined the Iowa Women's Softball League in the past week, lifting the program to 75 players with the season opener on June 3 still six weeks away.

The IWSL began the season last year with 52 players, so the league has grown by 44 percent in a short period of time.

The 75 players are from 36 different colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Florida. They represent a blend from NCAA, NAIA and Junior College institutions at all levels of DI, DII and DIII.


The 10 new players who recently joined the summer league are:

Lauren Kuch, an outfielder for Kirkwood who is hitting .523 with 11 homers, 15 doubles and 56 RBIs. Kuch is from Cedar Rapids Prairie.

Lizzy VanManen, a catcher at Northeast Mississippi Community College who is hitting .390 with two homers and 20 RBIs. VanManen is from Pella Christian.

Adara Opiola, a third baseman from the University of Northern Iowa who is hitting .292 with one homer and nine RBIs. Opiola is from Iowa City West.

Georgia Porter, a catcher at Simpson College who is hitting .333 in limited action for the Storm. Porter is from West Marshall High School.

Macy Gill, an infielder at the University of Minnesota who has been used primarily as a pinch-runner for the Gophers. Gill is from North Polk High School.

Melanie Rasmussen, an outfielder at Missouri Western who has appeared in nine games this year. Rasmussen is from Ankeny High School.

Cassidy Blackford, a pitcher at Western Kentucky who has made three appearances this season. Blackford is from Marshalltown.

Izzy Collins, an outfielder at Southeastern Community College who is hitting .338 with 12 RBIs. Collins is from Ames High School.

Courtney Johannes, a pitcher at NIACC who has compiled a 10-7 record and 5.32 ERA this season. Johannes is from Pella Christian.

Lauren Watters, a second baseman and right fielder at Southeastern University in Florida. Watters, who is from West Des Moines Dowling, has not appeared in a game this season.

The Iowa Women's Softball League was formed by the Metro Sports Report last year and is the only college softball league in Iowa.

To register, click on the link that accompanies this story. Have a credit card available to pay the $100 fee through PayPal.

Scholarships are available. For more information, contact Jim Ecker at 319-390-4236 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Hawkeye Convenience Stores are the title sponsor for the IWSL. Ironside Apparel and Emil's Hideaway/Freshwraps Deli are gold medal sponsors. Bosch Financial is a silver medal sponsor. Butz Insurance, TSF Structures and Acoustics by Washburn are bronze medal sponsors.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 April 2018 05:06 )  

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