Bethany College was a natural choice for McPherson High’s Elle Schrag.
The Bullpup senior signed a softball letter of intent with the Swedes on Tuesday as she’s going to attend a school she has family ties to and some of her relatives live in Lindsborg.
“I love the school and my cousin went there,” Schrag said. “I loved it when I first visited it. It was the last school I visited and I was pretty pumped about it. It was just great fit for me with the scholarship.”
Schrag has been a four-year pitcher for the Bullpups and played a key role during MHS’ run to the 2014 state championship game, where it lost in the finals to Augusta. She also has played other positions, such as first base, second base and the outfield, as she is extremely versatile.
Schrag said she’s going to keep working as she’ll play for the Lady Express one more summer. The team has enjoyed numerous success with trips to the national tournament. She also was the Under 14 Pitcher of the Year in her younger days.
“I just need to keep pitching and doing what I do,” said Schrag, who would be open to playing other positions if that’s what the team needed. “I think they have a good program and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it.”
In addition to softball, Schrag was a four-year player for the MHS volleyball team, which has made going to state an annual event having competed in Salina the last seven years.
Schrag is a welcomed addition for the Swedes, who have had some big years in the past and are looking to get back to the upper division after experiencing a rare down year this season.
“The big thing for us is versatility, her ability to play multiple positions,” Bethany coach Laura Moreno said. “Obviously coming from a successful high school program is good. We want to bring in kids who know how to win and have that mindset. I think people sometimes underestimate bringing that winning mindset into college. We’ll definitely look at her as a pitcher, but we’ll look at other positions as well. For us, it’s about bringing everybody in during the fall and see how the pieces fit to the puzzle.”
“I think she can bring some pretty consistent location pitching,” MHS coach Danica Fitzmorris said. “She will not be a strikeout pitcher, but she’ll be very consistent. Her control is good. I also think she’s really calm on the mound, which brings some relaxation to the team.”
Schrag will major in exercise science.