Red Deer softballers committ to U.S. college

Two Red Deer girls have committed to attend Williston State College in North Dakota next season.

Two Red Deer girls have committed to attend Williston State College in North Dakota next season.

Kelsey Thompson and Molly Li have signed National Letters of Intent to play softball for the WSU Tetons.

Li will also play for the basketball team

Thompson, a shortstop who attends Lindsay Thurber, played for the Red Deer midget Rage where she batted .342 with 28 runs, 22 RBIs and 38 hits in 36 games. She competed for Red Deer at the Canadian U19 national championships and helped the zone win bronze at the Alberta Summer Games.

Thompson also played volleyball for LTCHS and the Queens Club program.

Li, who attends Notre Dame, plays both infield and outfield in softball. Last season she batted .600 in 84 plate appearances.

On the basketball court the point guard averaged 17 points per game, six rebounds and four assists last season with the Cougars.

She was MVP of the senior basketball team and runner up as athlete of the year.

“We are very happy to get a talented player out of Canada,” said basketball head coach Tom Suelzle in a news release.

“Molly’s size will give us more versatility at the guard position. At six-feet she will give us an opportunity to play a big line-up.”

“We are very happy Kelsey and Molly selected Williston State College to continue their student-athlete experience,” said softball head coach Eric Peterson. “Both can hit the ball and are tremendous defensive players. Their accolades really show how great of athletes they both are. They will make an immediate impact in our program.”

Williston State College will begin their first year with softball during the 2012-2013 academic year. WSC will compete at the NJCAA Division II level and is part of the Mon-Dak Conference.

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