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Wysong, Renegades fast-pitch team moves on to national stage

To Avery Wysong, a vital member of the 16U South Dakota Renegades, fast-pitch softball is more than just a game. "Our team has a motto, that 'Nobody said it'd be easy, they just said it'd be worth it.' ... I kind of look at softball as my second ...

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Avery Wysong settles in at the plate with the 16U South Dakota Renegades. The Renegades are an elite softball team making moves on the national stage. ( Submitted photo )

 

To Avery Wysong, a vital member of the 16U South Dakota Renegades, fast-pitch softball is more than just a game.

“Our team has a motto, that ‘Nobody said it’d be easy, they just said it’d be worth it.’ … I kind of look at softball as my second family,” said the Hills-Beaver Creek High School student-athlete, who will be a senior in the fall.

Playing for the Renegades, an elite team based in Sioux Falls, S.D., that played for a Premier Girls Fast-pitch national championship last year, has certainly been worth it. It seems especially worth it this year.

The team is one of five teams from across the country that will compete against the U.S.A. Junior National Team this weekend in Oklahoma City. The National Team consists of some of the top players in the country who are either seniors in high school or freshmen in college, and some of them recently played in the College World Series.

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Avery joined the Renegades roster last year. A scouting report on the team’s web site describes her thusly: “... A top-level catcher with a strong arm, throwing 70-plus mph. She does a good job receiving pitches and teams do not often try to run on her. She is a strong hitter at the plate and continues to improve. She is a smart, all-around softball player who can also play many other positions.”

Her father, Blake, a 1990 H-BC graduate, says it’s Avery’s softball intelligence that helps set her apart. “Her game smarts. Her softball IQ is extremely high. She’s got good speed and she’s got a cannon for an arm.”

When asked about the opportunity in Oklahoma City, Avery responded simply, “It’s awesome.”

Said Blake: “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get to play. It’s an honor to get to play against the U.S. National Team.”

Avery played with the Minnesota Renegades club team earlier in her career, which later became Midwest Speed. Before the family moved to the H-BC area a couple of years ago from the Twin Cities, she played for Eden Prairie High School where she started on varsity as an eighth-grader while winning Rookie of the Year honors. The Wysongs moved to southwest Minnesota in the summer of Avery’s freshman year, when she was already being heavily recruited by colleges.

Wysong has committed to play softball at North Dakota State University.

She says she loves softball with a passion. “Being a catcher, I love being a part of every pitch,” she testified.

 

Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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