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Augustana softball adds five high school standouts during early signing period

Augustana College
Augustana College

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KWSN) – Augustana head softball coach Gretta Melsted announced today the signing of five student-athletes to letters of intent to continue their academic and softball careers at Augustana.

Joining Augustana for the 2014 season are Morgan Beaner of Harrisburg, S.D., Maggie Kadrlik of Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Katie Parker from Lakeville, Minn., Kylie Rome from Blair, Neb.,  and Kaylea Schorr of Mantorville, Minn."We are very excited about this great recruiting class," Melsted said. "This class truly reflects what we want to be here at Augustana. These five players have a ton of power at the plate, but also have more athleticism than we have had in the past and will also be strong defensive players. Most importantly, this class continues the tradition of having outstanding students who have strong character and integrity coming from strong families."

Beaner, a 5-foot-11, utility player from Harrisburg, S.D., is a senior at Harrisburg High School. She was a starter and team captain for the South Dakota Fusion the last two seasons and finished her senior season batting .427. Beaner had 64 hits, including 14 home runs, eight doubles and four triples while driving in 62 runs and stealing seven bases this fall. As a junior, Beaner hit .430 with 14 home runs, 15 doubles, nine triples and drove in 63 runs. She also stole 14 bases and scored 69 runs in 2012.

"I have watched Morgan play for years as she is a local player," Melsted said. "She is the prototypical Augustana softball player as she is athletic, strong and powerful. She has a ton of power and puts balls out of the park effortlessly. She will be a joy to watch play at Bowden Field."Kadrlik, a 5-foot-6, catcher from Inver Grove Heights, Minn., is currently a senior at Simley High School where she will graduate as a four-year letterwinner and starter. Kadrlik batted .432 as a junior with 16 hits, including two doubles and a triple with four RBI.

She compiled a .964 fielding percentage as a catcher and outfielder, recording 24 putouts and three assists with just one error. Kadrlik was named all-conference as a junior and all-conference honorable mention as a sophomore after being named her team's rookie of the year as a freshman.    "Maggie, who is also a gymnast, is a very explosive athlete who is just starting to tap into her potential as a softball player," Melsted said. "In my 16 years of coaching, I have never seen someone throw a ball harder than Maggie. In addition, she is a force to reckon with at the plate and squares the ball up and has a lot of power."

Parker, a 5-foot-9 outfielder and infielder, is a senior at Lakeville North High School where she will graduate as a three-year letterwinner and starter. During her junior campaign, Parker earned all-conference honorable mention and all-section honors after batting .333 with six doubles, a triple and a home run. She also stole 11 bases on 12 attempts and finished the season with a .486 slugging percentage. Parker earned all-conference honorable mention honors after her sophomore season where she batted .317 with four doubles and a triple.

She was a perfect 12 for 12 on stolen base attempts as a sophomore and has been a member of two straight conference championship teams."Katie is an exciting and unique combination softball player," Melsted said. "She is an outstanding outfielder, has great speed and can hit with power. She is a rare combination of power and speed that any coach would love to have on their team."Rome, a 5-foot-6 infielder from Blair, Neb., is a senior at Blair High School and will graduate as a four-year letterwinner and starter. She led her team to a third place finish in the Class B State Tournament in 2013 where she batted .430 with 17 doubles, five triples and three home runs while driving in 40 RBI. Rome was named to the Omaha World Herald Class B All-State team as a senior and the All-Nebraska Second team.

During her junior season, Rome was named to the Omaha World Herald and Lincoln Journal Star All-State teams. She also earned first team all-conference honors and was named All-Omaha Area after batting .465 with 28 RBI.  "Kylie is another all-around athlete," Melsted said. She is a very strong infielder with good range and a strong arm while also being able to track down balls in the outfield. She has some pop in her bat and is just a flat out athlete."Schorr, a 5-foot-9 first baseman and outfielder from Mantorville, Minn., is a senior at Kasson-Mantorville High School where she will graduate as a four-year letterwinner and starter.

Schorr is a three-time all-conference selection and was named First Team All-State and All-Section as a junior. During her junior season, Schorr batted .597 with a .628 on-base percentage and drove in 17 runs. Schorr hit .474 as a sophomore with 33 hits and 14 RBI on the season after hitting .333 with eight RBI as a freshman."Kaylea is your everyday steady ball player," Melsted said. "She gets the job done time and time again and is a lefty with speed who can help beat teams offensively and defensively. She will continue to do the same at Augustana."

The Vikings finished 31-17 in 2012, marking their fourth straight and 21st overall NCAA Tournament appearance and finished sixth in the NSIC with a 17-9 mark.

Located in Sioux Falls, S.D., Augustana College is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

Courtesy: Augustana College