Tiger softball adds fifth signee for 2014

Pitcher and first baseman Lorissa Loeppky will join the Tiger softball team in 2014.

Pitcher and first baseman Lorissa Loeppky will join the Tiger softball team in 2014.

MITCHELL, S.D. – Dakota Wesleyan University softball coach Ed Kieff announced the signing of a fifth recruit for the 2014 season this week when he released the addition of Lorissa Loeppky to the Tigers’ 2014 roster.

Loeppky, a Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, native, joins Mitchell teammates Krista Huber and Emily Sudbeck; Corvallis, Mont., native Miquela Kriskovich and Marshall, Minn. Native Brooke Louwagie in Dakota Wesleyan’s 2014 recruiting class.

Loeppky, a 5-foot-8 pitcher and first baseman, pitches right handed but bats left handed. She played two years of high school softball and also played club softball for the Smitty’s Fastpitch Club in Winnipeg with future teammates and current Tiger softball players Hailey Unger and Jill Dickson. In 2012, Loeppky batted .405 in 63 games played with two home runs. She went 17-2-1 on the mound with a 2.51 ERA.

Over her high school club career, Loeppky was a part of many successful softball teams. She was part of the 2012 U18 Western Canadian Fast Pitch Championships gold medal team, and she also played on the team that won the gold medal at the 2012 NAFA U18 National Tournament in Chaska, Minn. She was named the Softball Manitoba Player-of-the-Year in 2007, and was part of the team-of-the-year in 2011.

Loeppky is a member of the honor roll at Vincent Massey Collegiate and has a 3.9 GPA.

“Lorissa is a good student who comes from the Smitty’s Fastpitch Club in Winnipeg and will join two other Smitty’s players on the DWU squad,” Kieff said. “We are extremely fortunate to have signed a player with Lorissa’s skills to DWU. She will be an impact player for many years to come.”

Dakota Wesleyan starts the 2013 season when it travels to California for spring break. The Tigers take on Hope International University March 4 in Fullerton, Calif.