Ballard senior Kenzie Ihle will continue chasing championships in college after signing a Letter of Intent to play for DMACC Thursday at the Ballard High School Library.
Ihle, the daughter of Brian and Cindy Ihle of Polk City, will be attending the DMACC Boone campus. She will be joining a Bear softball program that is only in its third season of existence.
"There are great coaches, I liked the campus and I figured it’d be a good fit for my first two years," Ihle said. "I’m very excited."
Bear head coach Bob Ligouri – a 19-year coaching vet – has done wonders in the program’s first two years. In the program’s first year, DMACC was ranked seventh in NJCAA Division 2, last year the Bears finished sixth and they are a top 10 team again in 2014.
Ihle could have a major role in getting DMACC to the next level. She helped Ballard win a Class 3A state championship in 2012 and was named the all-3A tournament team captain.
"It’s exciting to have Kenzie join us," Ligouri said. "She has the ability to help lead us to exactly where we want to be, and that’s to compete for a national championship."
In 2013 Ihle went 23-10 with an earned-run average of 0.69, 205 strikeouts and 48 walks. Ihle also carries a big bat as she hit .412 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI last year.