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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

Rushing joins IWSL for 2018

Another former all-state player has joined the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2018 campaign.

Megan Rushing, who starred at West Des Moines Valley, has become the 22nd player to join the IWSL for next summer.

Rushing, an infielder, helped West Des Moines Valley place third at the Class 5A state tournament in 2015 as a senior.

Rushing played junior college softball at DMACC the last two seasons, where she belted 21 home runs and drove in 93 runs in two years. She  helped the Bears make two trips to the NJCAA Division II national  tournament and twice was named to the all-region teams.

Rushing is currently a junior at South Dakota University, which competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Summit League.

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Rushing plans to play in the new Central Division in the IWSL next summer, with games at Simpson College and the Iowa State University recreation field.

Rushing is the eighth player to enroll in the Central Division. Fourteen players have enrolled in the Eastern Division in Cedar Rapids.

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Registration for IWSL jumps to 21 for 2018

Three more players have joined the Iowa Women's Softball League for the 2018 season, raising the number to 21 as the IWSL prepares for  Year 2.

Taylor Henderson of Mount Mercy, Madi Parrott ofNorthwest Oklahoma  State and Cheyenne Thompson of Graceland are the latest players to join the only summer college league in Iowa.

Henderson is a freshman third baseman and outfielder at Mount Mercy University. She hit .389 with two homers and 32 RBIs last season at Center Point-Urbana to help the Stormin' Pointers finish third at the  Class 3A state tournament with a 31-11 record. Henderson earned all-conference honors in the Wamac Conference for three seasons.

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Parrott, an infielder, was a two-time junior college All-American  during her career at DMACC. She transferred to Northwest Oklahoma State last season and hit .247 with one home run and 10 RBIs.

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Parrott helped Indianola win the Class 4A state softball title in 2012 when she was a sophomore. She was a two-time selection on her all-conference and state tournament all-star teams.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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