Catcher Shelby Jurgensmeyer and shortstop Jessica Kelly, a pair of key players over the past four years at Miami High School, signed softball letters of intent with Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Friday morning.
Kelly and Jurgensmeyer are among 14 NEO coach Eric Iverson expects to sign in the next week.
“That’s a lot of kids, but at the same time, we’ve got a huge class that we will be graduating,” Iverson said. “Shelby will play behind the plate. We were desperately needing to sign one. Jessica was signed as an athlete because she is mobile and can do different things.”
Iverson said Kelly could play several infield positions for the Lady Norse, as well as the outfield.
“I really respect and admire Coach Iverson.” Jurgensmeyer said.
Iverson recently was inducted into the NJCAA Softball Coaches Hall of Fame. He’s posted a 622-131 record in 14 seasons.
Jurgensmeyer, who hopes to study nursing or become a teacher, played for Iverson one summer on a traveling team.
She hit .404 this past season. Jurgensmeyer went 44-for-115 at the plate while driving in 37 runs. She also had one home run.
Behind the plate, her fielding percentage was .984.
“I am so excited,” said Kelly, who plans on majoring in physical therapy. “I have grown up watching them (the Lady Norse). It’s a program I have always wanted to participate in.”
Kelly batted .340, collecting 40 hits in 121 at-bats for the Lady Wardogs in 2009. She drove in 16 runs and had a .900 fielding percentage.
Kelly was named to the Oklahoma Fast Pitch Softball Coaches Association Middle East all-state team.
Both Kelly and Jurgensmeyer were all-Verdigris Valley Conference picks this past season.a
“That will be a huge void for me to fill next year losing two four-year starters at two key positions,” Miami coach Chris Mercer said. “I am glad they are getting an opportunity to go play in an outstanding program for an outstanding coach at the next level.”
Mercer has had 10 former players sign to play college softball.
Included in that group are Becca Carden, a senior at Arkansas; Kyrie Panter, a junior at at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, and Emily Cline, a sophomore at William Jewell.