MITCHELL, S.D. – The 2013 season hasn’t even officially started yet, but Dakota Wesleyan University softball coach Ed Kieff already has four players signed to join the Tigers for the 2013-14 school year and play starting in the 2014 season.
Brooke Louwagie is the fourth player of Kieff’s 2014 recruiting class, he announced this week. She joins Mitchell natives Krista Huber and Emily Sudbeck and Corvallis, Mont., native Miquela Kriskovich as incoming freshmen for 2014.
Louwagie, a 5-foot-5 infielder from Marshall, Minn., earned five varsity letters and Marshall High School. She played primarily shortstop and third base, and batted .491 as a junior in 2012. As a sophomore in 2011, she batted .547 and had 11 doubles and 14 RBIs.
Louwagie, who also lettered five times in tennis and competed in hockey and gymnastics, was an all-conference pick as a junior and senior and an all-area first-team pick in 2011 and 2012. She also earned all-conference tennis honors as a freshman, sophomore and junior and is a member of the A honor roll. She plans to major in athletic training at Dakota Wesleyan.
“Brooke is an infielder with a strong arm and strong bat and she works hard in the weight room,” said Kieff, who enters his second season as head coach in 2013. “Brooke is a top-notch student and an athlete who also plays hockey. She is extremely athletic and will bring more depth to the program as she develops her skills on the field.
“We are fortunate to have signed such a complete athlete and we welcome Brooke to the program.”
The Tigers kick off the 2013 season March 4-11, 2013, on their spring break trip to California. Dakota Wesleyan plays 12 games before returning home and is scheduled to open its home season March 18 against Presentation College.