MSU softball adds Holland, DeLong

Minot State University head softball coach Bill Triplett announced the addition of Taryn Holland and Dakota DeLong to the program’s 2017 recruiting class Thursday.

Holland, a 5-foot-6 first baseman from Clancy, Mont., and DeLong, a 5-foot-7 catcher/third baseman from Hudson, Fla., signed Intent to Enrolls to join the Beavers next season.

“We are excited to have Taryn and Dakota join our recruiting class,” said MSU head coach Bill Triplett.

Holland joins sister Taylor Holland, a sophomore for the Beavers this season. She is a multi-sport standout playing volleyball, basketball and hockey for Helena High School. She earned her team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player award last season in softball after tying the single-season home run mark and setting the career HR mark. After her junior season last year, she was named to the Montana AA All State honorable mention team. Along with her on-field accolades, she is a three-time Academic All-State selection and is a member of the National Honor Society.

DeLong is currently a senior at Hudson High School where she has been a four-year starter. A switch-hitting utility player, she carried a .450 batting average with her club team, the Tampa Mustangs. She was name

“Dakota is the type of player that we need in our program,” said Triplett. “We like the fact that she can steal a base for you and play several positions, one of which is catcher. We’ve had two years with lots of injuries at that position so that will give us some depth there.”

The duo join Alaina Marshall as signees in the spring and bring Minot State’s total to five incoming student-athletes in the 2017 recruiting class.

— Minot State athletics