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Women's Summer Collegiate Fast-Pitch Softball League

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.



DuToit is 40th player to join IWSL

Nicole DuToit of Ellsworth Community College has become the 40th player to join the Iowa Women's Softball League for this summer.

DuToit, an outfielder, is hitting .500 with four RBIs for Ellsworth this season as a sophomore. She hit .250 with 10 RBIs last year.

DuToit, who attended Southeast Polk High School, has selected the new Central Division this season with games in Ames and Indianola. There is also an Eastern Division in Cedar Rapids.

The Iowa Women's Softball League was created by the Metro Sports Report last year and is the only collegiate summer league in Iowa. All current and former college players are eligible, including graduating seniors.


The IWSL will play a 16-game season in 2018, with a series of eight Sunday doubleheaders in June and July.



Drahn, Becker returning to IWSL for Year 2

Tianna Drahn and KyLeigh Becker had a good time in the Iowa Women's Softball League last season.

Now they are returning for Year 2.

Drahn, an outfielder at the University of Northern Iowa, and Becker, a pitcher and outfielder at Loras, submitted their registration forms for the 2018 IWSL season over the weekend.

Tiffany Barr, a catcher at Southwestern Community College, also has joined the league. Southwestern has canceled its entire schedule this year due to a lack of players, but Barr and several of her teammates will be playing in the IWSL to stay sharp.


A total of 39 players have now joined the league for this season, with 27 players in the Eastern Division in Cedar Rapids and 12 players for the new Central Division in Ames and Indianola.



4 Illinois State players join IWSL

The softball team at Illinois State University hopes to battle for the Missouri Valley Conference title again this season after tying for the championship last year.

When their season is over, four of the Redbirds will be heading to Cedar Rapids to compete in the Iowa Women's Softball League this summer.

Alyssa Wiebel, a shortstop and left fielder from Benton Community, and Morgan Christner, a pitcher from New London, played in the inaugural season of the IWSL last summer.


Brittni LaFountaine, a catcher from East Moline, Ill., and Stephanie Thulen, a center fielder from Fenton, Ill., will be playing in IWSL for the first time this season.



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