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UND softball signs six early

North Dakota softball signs six during early signing period.

Here is a breakdown of the six new signees for the North Dakota Fighting Hawks softball team:

Logan Gronberg, Bismarck: She is the first of three 2022 signees that will remain in-state and play for the Fighting Hawks. The two-time North Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year, three-time Under Armor All-American and three-time all-state player excelled in the circle and at the plate for Bismarck high school.

Through her three years of high school ball Logan has amassed 44 homeruns, a batting average of .580 and pitched to 48 wins in the circle. Logan plays her summer ball for the Northern Force club. Off the field, Gronberg has made the Dean’s List four times at Bismarck high and she plans to major in psychology at UND.

Taya Hopfauf, Dickinson: Hopfauf was named All-State as a freshman and junior while leading Dickinson high to a state championship in 2020. She has displayed the ability to hit for power and average. As an eighth grader she hit 11 home runs and batted .446. A year later, as a freshman she repeated her 11 homerun effort with an average of .438.

In her junior season she blasted 19 home runs and hit .538. The power hitting catcher plays club ball for the Dickinson Diamonds. On the court, Hopfauf was also all-conference in volleyball. Taya is a member of the National Honor Society, she plans to major in communication sciences and disorders at UND.

Camryn Lasota, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin: She played high school softball at Divine Savior Holy Angels High School where her team was crowned regional champions in 2021. She dominated in the circle with 168 strikeouts in 117 innings to go along with a 1.49 ERA as a junior.

Lasota also made an impact at the plate with eight home runs which tied the single season school record. As a junior she was first team All-Conference and second team All-State. During her fall and summer seasons, Lasota plays club for Delta Sports Performance. Camryn also excels in the classroom where she has achieved First Academic Honors every semester of her high school career. She plans to major in medical laboratory science at UND.

Brooklyn Morris, Bismarck: The Bismarck Century product is another in-state player to sign with the Fighting Hawks. Morris made big impacts in the batters box and in the circle for Century where she pitched and played center field.

Offensive highlights include the game winning hit in the 2021 WDA finals and an All-Region nod for her efforts in 2021. In her last two seasons of high school, combined with her club experience with Northern Force, she has a 18-5 record in the circle with a 2.40 ERA. Brooklyn also managed 165 strikeouts, against just 27 walks. As a junior she led the Patriots to a third-place finish in the state tournament. Another academic standout, Morris has maintained a 4.0 throughout her high school years and is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to major in biology at UND.

Katelyn Neumayer, Lincoln, Nebraska: An out-of-state product, Neumayer played multiple positions at Lincoln Southeast. She helped lead her squad to the state tournament in 2020, the first time in 13 seasons Southeast had appeared in that event.

Neumayer holds the Nebraska state record for most home runs in a single game with three and has over 60 round trippers in her career. She capped off her high school career with a .384 batting average, with 15 homeruns earning All-State honorable mention honors.

In her 2021 summer season of club softball, she hit .500 playing for Nebraska Gold. Extra Innings has Neumayer ranked at No.37 in the country for her position. Another member of the National Honor Society, Katelyn excels in the classroom and is undecided on a major.

Annabelle Winter, Riverside, Missouri: Winter attends Park Hill South High School who she helped lead to a conference championship in her junior and senior seasons. A four-year letter winner, Winter was first team All-Conference and All-District as a junior, the same season she was second team All-Region.

In 2021, her senior season, she earned another All-Conference nod. Winter mainly played third base for both her high school and her club team, Top Gun Fastpitch, who plays one of the busiest summer schedules in America. For her club efforts, Annabelle has landed on Extra Innings Top 100 list for her position. The Academic All-State honoree plans to major in criminal justice during her time at UND.

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