Softball

Leading returning players:
Stacie Miller: All-Northern Division, All-State, All-Region and Nominated last year for All-American
Miller led the nation in hitting with .653 batting average last season.
 
Leanne Gittings: All-Northern Division (2nd Team)
Gittings was the #5 hitter in the nation with a .577 batting average last season.
 

The Thunder return 6 players from last year’s team that batted .350 or higher.
 
Top recruits:
Joanna Vellekoop-Pitcher/1st St. Louis Park High School
Tiffany Montgomery-Pitcher/1st AlBrook
Brittany Yagoda-Infielder Duluth Denfeld
Megan Johnson-Outfielder Esko
Andrea Morris-Outfielder AlBrook
Cheyenne Jaques-Infielder Proctor
Stephanie Engelmeier-Pitcher/Infielder/Outfielder Hermantown
 
Transfer:
Natosha Rohloff-UWS/Silver Bay High School
 
Coaches statement:
With a large core of athletes returning from our inaugural team we are excited about the direction the building of our program is taking.  We return a strong nucleus and we have added pitching, speed and depth to an already powerful line up.  Adding UWS transfer Natosha Rohloff will be a huge piece of the puzzle for this year's team.  Rohloff adds power and a fantastic glove on defense to the team.  With Miller and Gittings we feel we have two of the top players in the nation and our pitching will be much stronger this season since we have 4 pitchers on the roster.  Additionally we have added 2 more coaches to our staff this season.  Joining us will be former St. Olaf College captain Katie Rodd and Tiffany Anderson who played at UWS under Roger Plachta.  Both of these coaches grew up playing in my system and know what our current staff is looking to teach.  They will be great compliments to the coaching staff.

Statistics
(Through three games, as of March 16, 2009)


Batting

Individual GP AB H 2B 3B RBIs Runs Avg.
Megan Boben 3 4 0 0 0 2 1 0.000
Stephanie Engelmeier 3 6 1 2 0 3 2 0.167
Leanne Gittings 3 9 3 3 0 4 6 0.333
Katelyn Gorman 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.000
Megan Johnson 3 7 2 0 0 3 2 0.286
Stacie Miller 3 8 4 1 0 5 3 0.500
Andrea Morris 3 6 1 1 0 1 1 0.167
Jenny Orn 3 6 3 2 0 2 4 0.500
Natasha Rohloff 3 4 1 0 0 1 2 0.250
Stephanie Saylor 3 5 3 2 0 3 3 0.600
Joanna Vellekoop 3 6 2 0 0 5 2 0.333
Jenny Wannamacher 3 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.000


Pitching

Individual GP R ER Hits SO BB ERA Wins Losses
Stephanie Engelmeier 3 10 4 2 10 7 3 3 0