Central Lakes Softball 2018 Season Preview

Central Lakes Softball 2018 Season Preview
Head Coach, Years at School, Overall Record:

Ray Austin 2nd year at CLC, 20-19 Overall in 2017

Additional Coaching & Support Staff

Lindsey Jourdan,  Assistant Coach 

Top Raider returning players:

Kaye Smude, Brainerd MN C/OF; Kayla Larson, Isle, MN RHP/OF; Brandi Burbach Brainerd, MN Utl; Katelyn Waytachek, Pierz, MN OF; Andrea Wagoner, Geneseo, IL, RHP 

(Kaye Smude, C/OF, Soph.)

Top incoming student-athletes for Central Lakes College: 

Lisa Kossan, Staples, MN IF; Brook Jerger, Park Rapids, MN RHP; Kallie Plantenberg, Watkins, MN, RHP/IF; Sam Schimpp, Staples, MN, C 

(Lisa Kossan, IF, Fr.)

Coach Austin on CLC pitching for 2018 season:

"We return our top 2 pitchers from last year, Kayla Larson and Andrea Wagoner. Freshmen Brook Jerger and Kallie Plantenberg will be in the mix for innings as well."

Coach Austin on the Raider hitting and offense for 2018 season:

"Kaye Smude and Andrea Wagoner both return as our top hitters both were .400 hitters and combined for 16 home runs and 70 RBI's. We will look to Lisa Kossan to provide some offense at the top of our lineup."

Coach Austin on the 2018 Central Lakes Softball Season:

"Our team has been working hard in the gym and cannot wait to get outdoors and play games."

About Softball in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference:

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference boasts a strong tradition in fastpitch softball; multiple decades of intercollegiate NJCAA competition has allowed student-athletes in the MCAC to pursue careers at four-year college programs and compete for National Championships. 

Currently, MCAC Softball teams compete in a two-division alignment.  Northern Division teams include Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, Central Lakes College,  Northland Community & Technical College and Vermilion Community College.  The Southern Division is home to St. Cloud Technical & Community College, Ridgewater College, M State Fergus Falls, Anoka-Ramsey CC, Minnesota West CTC, Riverland Community College and Rochester Community & Technical College. 

At the conclusion of the 2018 spring season, MCAC Division Champions and Divisional runner-up, as well as third and fourth-place finishing teams, will advance to the 2018 NJCAA Division III Region XIIIA and B Tournaments.  The Region XIII A & B Tournaments will be hosted by the regular season champion.   Winners of the 2018 NJCAA Region XIII A & B tournaments will advance to the 2018 NJCAA Division III National Tournament, held in Rochester, Minnesota on May 17-19. 

Softball in the MCAC features athletes from over Minnesota and many surrounding states.  Our campus environments include the opportunity to attend college and compete in a variety of Minnesota State System colleges, from the urban hubs of the Twin Cities, Rochester, and St. Cloud, and the picturesque college towns ranging from Thief River Falls to Ely, Worthington to Brainerd.  Learn more at: http://www.minnstate.edu/




Imagine the places you'll go...At many colleges and universities you have to give up a lot. At Central Lakes College an excellent education won't cost you a fortune. Central Lakes College has two exceptional state-of-the-art campuses, in Staples and Brainerd, right in the center of the beautiful lakes and forests of the Minnesota tourism area. With a knowledgeable, caring faculty and more than 70 transfer and career programs, Central Lakes College is the college of choice for seekers of success.