PREP SOFTBALL: Marshall’s Shelby Versaevel commits to play softball at Iowa Central
MARSHALL – For a lot of high school athletes, deciding where to go to college – and if you’re fortunate enough – extend your playing career, can be a long road and a difficult decision.
For Marshall’s Shelby Versaevel, it went a little differently.
Versaevel recently announced her commitment to continue her softball career at Iowa Central Community College and said it was a last-minute decision.
“It was a very last-minute decision,” Versaevel said. “They never reached out to me or anything, they just asked if they could come and watch me play. After that, I went out for a school visit and did a little research on their team and made my decision.”
Versaevel added what drew her to the Tritons was their coaching staff and that she can gain some more experience for the next couple of years. Last season, the Tritons went 40-17 overall and reached the Region XI championship game.
“They have a really good coaching staff with a lot of knowledge and their teams have been very successful over the years,” Versaevel said. “It’s also a junior college so I can get two years of experience there and if I decide to continue my career, I can do that.”
The past few years, Versaevel has helped lead the way for the Tigers on the diamond, anchoring the catcher’s spot. She hit .308 with 20 hits, including three home runs, and 12 RBI this season.
Versaevel said her coaches and teammates had a big impact on her and they taught her a lot throughout her time at Marshall.
“I’ve had a lot of teammates make an impact. My freshman year it was special because we had nine seniors who could teach me a lot. My sophomore and junior years, they helped me gain a little more experience and my senior year I wanted to be competitive with my team and play alongside my other two seniors,” Versaevel said. “And my coaches have always been there for me. No matter what, they’ve been by my side every time.”
Versaevel also plans on studying radiology. She said she’s looking forward to meeting new people and getting to continue her career at the next level.
“I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and having a different experience at a different level of softball,” Versaevel said.