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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

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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Hawkeye Convenience Stores named title sponsor

The good folks at the Hawkeye Convenience Stores helped us get the new Iowa Women's Softball League off to a great start this summer by sponsoring one of our teams.

Now the Hawkeye Convenience Stores will have their name directly tied to the entire league as the title sponsor for 2018.

Hawkeye Convenience Stores has eight locations in Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha, as well as a store in Iowa City and another store in Davenport.

"We at Hawkeye Convenience Stores are proud to be the 2018 title sponsor for the Iowa Women's Softball league," said Matt Banning, the  CEO of the company. "This league provides an opportunity for college softball players to work on their skills and for teammates and old friends to get together regularly for some friendly competition.

(CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

"This opportunity didn't exist in our area until last year, and we are excited to be part of it from the beginning," Banning continued. "Our family of companies and employees support and participate in the communities we serve. For these reasons, we are delighted to support the Iowa Women's Softball League."

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2018 MSR softball league off to fast start

It took Morgan Goedken exactly 50 minutes to register for the Iowa Women's Softball League for next season.

Goedken, a catcher from Wartburg College who played in the league this summer, received an e-mail from the Metro Sports Report at 11:17 Friday morning to tell her the registration process had begun.

Fifty minutes later - at exactly 12:07 p.m. - Goedken had submitted  her registration form with the $100 player fee to become the first player in the IWSL for 2018.

Five more players quickly followed, including a shortstop from Crystal Lake, Ill., who plans to drive from the Chicago suburbs to Cedar Rapids so she can play in the league.

Yes, we're off to a fast start.

(CLICK HERE TO REGISTER)

We had four teams and 60 players in the league this past summer in Year 1, with all the games held in Cedar Rapids at Kirkwood Community  College and Coe College. We plan to have 10 teams and approximately 140 players in the league next summer, with six teams in Cedar Rapids  and four teams in Central Iowa at Simpson College and the Iowa State University Recreation Field.

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