WYANDOTTE — Senior pitcher-outfielder Elizabeth Mensink of Wyandotte signed a softball letter of intent with Independence (Kansas) Community College here Wednesday, Feb. 28.
“I really liked it there,” Mensink said. “I like the coach and I am friends with some of the girls there that I played with on a travel team.”
She played in all 36 of the Lady Bears games, spending the bulk of her time in the circle, but she contributed in other areas.
“When she wasn’t in the circle, I could put her anywhere I needed her. I played her at second and I could play her in the outfield,” Wyandotte coach Kendall Young said. “She is a utility girl. That’s going to best thing for her going to college because she can play anywhere.”
She logged a 17-7 record with a 3.12 earned run average, allowing 131 hits and 103 runs, 60 earned.
“Her off-speed stuff is deadly,” Young said. “She doesn’t throw it overbearing hard like a lot of pitchers, but she throws strikes. You aren’t going to get a lot of walks out of her for sure.”
She struck out 146 and walked 55 over 123 innings.
At the plate, Mensink hit .367, collecting 36 hits in 98 plate appearances.
She collected 18 singles, 10 doubles, six triples and two home runs while driving in 27 runs and scoring 34 times.
Mensink walked 13 times and struck out just 18 times.
“She was big for us, not just in the circle, but she was big at the plate too,” Young said. “She is a great kid. She is a hard-working kid, too.”
Defensively she had a .962 fielding percentage, logging 38 assists and 13 putouts while making only two errors.
The Lady Bears were 23-13 in 2017, losing to Fairland fell to Fairland 10-5 in the district championship game.
Mensink eventually hopes to be a physical therapist.