Jaclyn Spencer from the University of Northern Iowa, Miranda Kaste from Kirkwood and Chelsea Thornley from Webster University in St. Louis are the latest college athletes to join the new Iowa Women's Softball League for this summer.
There are now 38 players in the league, which has been formed by the Metro Sports Report as the only summer collegiate fast-pitch softball league in Iowa. The goal is to have four teams with 12 or 13 players apiece, so we're getting close.
Spencer, currently a freshman at UNI, enjoyed a remarkable high school career at Waterloo West. She was a three-time all-state selection and a four-time all-conference pick at Waterloo West, where she starred as both a pitcher and a hitter.
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Spencer had a career batting average of .489 with 39 home runs and 180 RBIs. She compiled a 49-34 record as a pitcher with 691 strikeouts in 560 innings in five years on the varsity.
Spencer has continued to be a dual threat at Northern Iowa. She's currently hitting .278 with two home runs and eight RBIs, and has a 5-4 record and 2.27 ERA in the circle with 60 strikeouts in 52.1 innings.
Kaste, who played at Muscatine High School, has been at Kirkwood for two years but has not been able to take the field in a varsity game while recovering from a broken leg. She is a talented middle infielder and was ticketed to become Kirkwood's starting shortstop before getting hurt.