Swedes sign 3 to softball letters

By Bethany College Sports Informaion
January 17, 2014

LINDSBORG —  Bethany College has announced the signings of three softball players to letters of intent.

• Abbigail Jean Vetter, a utility player from Imperial, Neb., comes to Bethany from Chase County schools. Her senior year of high school, Vetter recorded a .295 batting average in 61 at bats, tallying 16 runs batted in, 23 walks, a .570 on-base percentage and seven steals in 11 attempts.

"Abbigail has participated in our softball camps the past couple of years,” Bethany coach Janice Esses said. “She has displayed an attitude of determination and eagerness to improve her skills. Abbi is a true lefty and has experience playing shortstop and the outfield. We will most likely utilize Abbi at first base and outfield. Abbi is a hard worker and has a positive attitude. We feel those qualities will help her succeed in the classroom and on the field."

Vetter is the daughter of Carol and Ty Vetter. She has a 2.91 high school grade point average and plans to major in elementary education with an endorsement in special education.

•  Kayla Mashburn — Mashburn, a pitcher from Aurora, Colo., comes to Bethany from Cherokee Trail High School. She played softball all four years, earning honorable mention Aurora All-City honors in 2013. She also played basketball as a freshman.

"Kayla comes from a successful high school program,” Esses said. “She has been coached well under the leadership of coach Richard Hormann. We will utilize Kayla as a pitcher and outfielder. We are excited to work with her this fall and watch her grow and develop as a person and softball player."

She is the daughter of Michael and Stanlene Mashburn. She has a 2.9 high school grade point average and plans to major in psychology.

• Alyssa Winterfeld — Winterfeld, a pitcher and first and third baseman from Seward, Neb., comes to Bethany from Seward High School. She was a pitcher and first baseman on the varsity softball team from 2011-2013. Her 2013 summer season of softball, Winterfeld recorded a .398 batting average with 34 runs batted in. She also posted an earned run average of 3.1.

"Alyssa exemplifies the meaning of a student-athlete,” Esses said. “We were impressed by her work ethic, her hustle on the field and her power at the plate. She is a versatile player with the ability to play the corners and pitch. She has a unique release on her pitches that creates a lot of spin and movement. We look forward to coaching Alyssa this fall and watching her grow and develop as a person and player."

Winterfeld is the daughter of Randy and Cindy Winterfeld. She has a 3.95 high school grade point average, and plans to major in business management and marketing.