2016 Softball Roster

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2016 Women's Varsity Softball

# Name Position(s) Year Hometown
2 Kassidy Van Voorst Outfield SR Hull, Iowa

2015…started all 47 games for the Defenders…led the country in stolen bases with 57…batted .297 and scored 47 runs…had 46 hits, for doubles and six triples with 22 runs batted in while claiming All-GPAC first-team honors and NFCA 2nd-team all-Central Region accolades.

2014…batted .281 in 44 games played…led the team with 25 stolen bases and scored 34 runs.

2013…played in 30 games…stole 11 bases and had ten hits.            

3 Jordan Harmelink Outfield SR Sioux Falls, South Dakota

2015…batted .274 with 31 hits…started 36 games and stole five bases.

4 Stephanie Westra Infield FR Primghar, Iowa

Before Dordt… graduated from Unity Christian High School (Orange City)…played catcher, third base and first base during her career and had a .371 batting average for Unity with a .417 on base percentage…ended 2014 with a .371 batting average…earned all-conference honors during her career.

5 Tessa Howerzyl Catcher, Infield FR Pella, Iowa

Before Dordt...played for Pella Christian (Iowa)…batted .360 in 2015 and had 40 hits with 11 doubles and 26 runs batted in…had a .375 batting average as a junior and earned five varsity letters in softball for the Eagles….claimed all conference and all-state honors during her career…  She’s a three-time, first-team all-conference pick and was a third-team all-state pick in 2014. She’s played catcher, third-base and shortstop during her softball career.  A multi-sport athlete, Howerzyl also earned first-team all-conference honors in basketball last season. 

6 Kaitlyn Meppelink Outfield FR Zeeland, Michigan

Before Dordt… graduated from  Zeeland West High School (Michigan).  

7 Tianna Top Pitcher FR Luverne, Minnesota

Before Dordt… graduated from Southwest Christian High School (Minnesota)…played with Edgerton High School during her softball career and has helped it to conference titles in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and it claimed a third place finish at the 2014 State Tournament…claimed section runner-up finishes in 2012 and 2013 with Top pitching…earned 2014 team most valuable player honors was a 2014 Wells Fargo All-Tournament Team pick…Top twice earned all-conference honors for Edgerton.

8 Ashley Williams Outfield, Utility SO Bronson, Iowa
No details available.
9 Jacayla Litwiller Catcher SO Washington, Iowa

2015…played in 18 games.

10 Shelby Vrieling Pitcher SO Ripon, California

Pre-Dordt…graduated Ripon Christian High School  (California)…posted a career batting average of .286 and an on base percentage of .430…played outfield, second base and pitcher and had a career earned run average of 3.05…earned all-league honorable mention as a sophomore and first-team honors as a pitcher after her junior season…was the team mvp and scholar-athlete and pitched two perfect games during her high school and travel team career.

11 Samantha Johnson Infield, Pitcher JR Sunburg, Minnesota

2015…batted .328 with 38 hits and seven doubles…had 12 stolen bases and 122 assists from shortstop.

2014…batted .319 with 37 hits…knocked 11 doubles with three triples and five homeruns with 25 runs batted in…was 9-4 in 18 pitching appearances…struck out 32 batters in 82 innings of work…earned all-GPAC second team honors.

Before Dordt…played for Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg High School (Minnesota)…had 35 hits and 32 runs batted in with four doubles, three triples and a homerun…stole 15 bases and had a .467 batting average…was 9-0 on the mound in 44 innings of work and struck out 57 batters with a 1.11 earned run average…earned all-state second team honors and all-section honors in the 3A Class.

12 Danielle Stosuy Infield, Pitcher SO Rialto, California

2015…pitched in five games…had eight strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings of work.

Pre-Dordt…prepped at Bloomington Christian (California)…batted .654 as a senior with 51 hits and 43 runs batted in…pitched eight shutouts and had three perfect games with a 21-8 record and struck out 200 batters…was the Victory League MVP and earned all-CIF honors along with second-team all-state honors…batted .586 as a junior with 34 runs batted in…during her freshman and sophomore seasons she batted .649 and .485 respectively and had a combined 60 runs batted in...she has over 400 career strikeouts on the mound and recorded eight shutouts last season with a 1.35 earned run average, 180 strikeouts and 32 bases on balls….she’s a three-time all-league selection and was a second-team all-state selection in 2013 and also claimed All-Inland honorable mention.

13 Andrea Pierce Outfield, Utility JR Denver, Colorado

2015…had a .329 batting average while starting all 47 games…had 46 hits and three doubles with 29 runs scored…earned all-GPAC honorable mention…had nine assists from centerfield and had a .986 fielding percentage.

2014…batted .236 in 44 games and had 25 hits with nine runs batted in…was perfect in 70 chances while playing centerfield…was an all-GPAC honorable mention.

Before Dordt…played for Northglenn High School (Colorado)…batted .552 with 32 hits and eight runs batted in as a senior….clubbed a pair of homeruns with three doubles and stole 22 bases.

14 Michal Hoogland Infield JR Grandville, Michigan

2015…batted .268 with 33 hits and four doubles…played in 44 games and started 42.

2014…batted .270 with 37 hits in 44 games played…knocked in 19 runs and had eight doubles.

Before Dordt…played for Calvin Christian (Michigan)…received all-conference, all-district and all-region honors…batted .358 with 16 doubles, three triples and 53 runs batted in.

16 Maggie Drexler Outfield SR Brandon, South Dakota

2014…played in one game for the Defenders.

16 Lezlie Sorensen Outfield FR Waltham, Minnesota
No details available.
19 Marlia Rossell Pitcher FR Griswold, Iowa

Before Dordt…played for Griswold High School (Iowa)…Rossell finished 2015 16-12 on the mound with a 2.13 earned run average and struck out 166 batters in 193 2/3 innings pitched…had a .374 batting average with 22 runs batted in and totaled 40 hits.  

20 Amber Ybema Outfield FR Caledonia, Michigan
No details available.
21 Krista Bousema Infield SO Sheldon, Iowa

Before Dordt… graduated Sheldon High School (Iowa) in 2014 and had a .487 batting average as a senior …slugged six homeruns for the Orabs while posting an .882 slugging average with 24 runs batted in…was a three-time first-team all-conference pick and earned second-team all-state honors in 2014…transferred from Central College where she was a part of their basketball program in 2014-15.

24 Tara Watnaas Outfield FR Renville, Minnesota
No details available.
25 Molly Vignovich Infield FR Runnells, Iowa

Before Dordt… played  at PCM High School (Iowa)…batted .364 with 43 hits, three doubles and 17 runs batted in last season…batted .344 with 17 runs scored and 31 hits in 2013 and had her 2014 season cut short by injury.

27 CJ Van Der Zwaag Pitcher FR Hull, Iowa

Before Dordt… graduated Boyden Hull High School (Iowa)… was 30-3 in 2015 for Boyden Hull Rock Valley and posted a 1.13 earned run average with 230 strikeouts in 192 innings pitched…had a 21-3 record in 2014 with a 1.19 earned run average…struck out 180 batters and walked 35 and opponents had a .162 batting average against her in 2014…claimed all-conference, all-district and all-state honors during her career. 

36 Carissa McBirnie Infield, Pitcher JR New Sharon, Iowa
No details available.
55 Corinne Valdix Infield SO Pleasonton, California

2015…batted .288 in 47 games and had 42 hits…knocked in 19 runs and had seven doubles.

Pre-Dordt…played for Amador Valley High School (California)…played third base and the middle infield positions and was named to the HASA All-Tournament team while helping her team to a first place finish.