CHADRON – Chadron State College head softball coach Rob Stack has signed 4 high school seniors to National Letters of Intent during the early signing period. Three are from Colorado, while Taylor Bauer is from Rapid City, S.D. The Colorado recruits are Bekka Prokaski of Broomfield, Morgan Wilhelm of Littleton and Courtney Lecher of Fort Collins.
“Each of these student-athletes comes from extremely successful club and high school softball teams,” Stack said. “Their work ethics are phenomenal and their passion for the game of softball is unparalleled. Each come from great families and all are well-suited to be successful in the classroom.
The addition of Bekka, Courtney, Morgan and Taylor help give our program excellent depth in positions where we are in need. I’m looking forward to having them join our program in the fall of 2013.”
Bauer, an infielder, was a two-time all-state and South Dakota all-tourney selection at Rapid City Central. She hit .511, drove in 43 runs and belted 10 home runs last season, and was named her team’s top defensive player and MVP in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
Bauer also played on the under 18 USSA Fastpitch National Champion team in 2012 and the No. 1-ranked USAA Rapid City Sizzle. In addition, she played volleyball and basketball. Her older sister, Alyssa, is a sophomore setter on the CSC volleyball team.
Prokaski is a 3-time All-State infielder who helped Legacy High School in Broomfield win back-to-back state titles in 2010 and 2011. She started one year at Romeoville in Illinois and three years at Legacy. Prokaski hit a school-record 20 doubles in 2011, then hit .570 with 19 doubles and 36 RBIs this year.
Wilhem was a three-year letter winner in the outfield at Dakota Ridge, where she was a 2-time all-conference choice. She helped Dakota Ridge finish as the state runner-up this year as a team captain who hit .432, stole 10 bases and slugged .689.
Lecher, a three-time all-conference choice at third base and shortstop, hit .590 at Fossil Ridge High School this year. She also posted a fielding percentage of .952 and was an academic all-conference honorable mention.
Chadron State was 17-32 last season with a 14-24 mark in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Eagles begin their 2013 schedule Feb. 8-10 at a tournament in Las Vegas.
Alex Helmbrecht, Sports Information Director