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Highland Seniors Plan to Continue Playing Softball in College

Posted: Friday, July 31st, 2015 at 7:01 am
Author: Nate Gonner-KCII Sports

The softball careers of four Highland Huskies seniors will continue in college. Huskies softball coach Carrie Weiland says recent graduates Katie Springer, Courtnee Hahn, Morgan Craig and Katie Chalupa have all committed to in state schools amd will continue playing the sport.

Springer, a two time all-state pitcher, is one of 11 incoming freshmen joining the Muscatine Community College squad. The Cardinals went 22-4 during their recent spring season in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, and are scheduled to play 16 games during the months of September and October. Springer finished her final high school softball season with a Southeast Iowa Super Conference best 21-5 overall record on the mound. Her 1.13 earned run average was tops in the conference and her 165 strikeouts was second most in the league. Joining Springer on the Cardinals’ pitching staff is Wapello’s Allison Klenk. Springer and Klenk were both unanimous first team all-conference pitcher selections from the Southeast Iowa Super Conference North coaches.

Hahn, a first team all-conference catcher selection in 2014 and 2015, is one of 18 players to sign a letter of intent to play softball for the Indian Hills Community College Warriors. The Warriors finished the 2014-15 season 33-13 overall, including a 14-1 Iowa Community College Athletic Conference record. Hahn ranked second in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference with 179 put outs. She was first on the team in home runs (2), walks (22), and was second on the team in runs scored (32) and stolen bases (11).

Craig, a two year first team all-conference infielder, is one of 14 freshmen heading for Cedar Rapids this fall to play softball for the Mount Mercy University Mustangs. The Mustangs finished the 2014-15 season 19-27 overall, ending Midwest Collegiate Conference play with a 8-16 record. Craig, a first team all-state selection in 2014, was second on the team in put outs with 147 and tied for second on the team in home runs (1).

Chalupa, a second team all-conference outfielder this summer, is set to join the Wartburg College Knights’ softball program. The Knights went 22-17 last season, the most wins for the program since 2009, but won just three of their 17 games inside Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. Chalupa finished fourth on the team in doubles (5), and fifth on the team in runs scored (18) and runs batted in (14).

Highland’s 2015 softball season closed with a 23-6 overall record and they graduated eight seniors.