This post is designated for those among us who do not follow softball on an hourly basis. Those that do follow softball closely have known that Sara verbally committed to Michigan years ago. So at the risk of a neg-bang, I want to educate the non-softball Mgo People as to what the incoming Freshmen have to offer. So this post is more of a player profile than a true “Hello” post. I just want to have some fun with this and piss off the haters.
There is a rumor that Sara was singing the “Victors” in the womb, but that has not been confirmed as yet. Sara announced before Hutch or anyone else could contact her, making it easy for Hutch.
In the State of Michigan there are 3 main “pockets” of softball. These are the Grand Rapids area which includes Jenison, Wyoming Rogers, and Hudsonville. The second power-house region is the Kalamazoo region. This includes Eastwood, Westwood and Parchment. The third high profile region is in the U.P.: Gladstone (Happy Rock), Escanaba and to some extent Marquette.
This is not to say that other area have good softball programs. Macomb Dakota, Anchor Bay, Tecumseh and some areas near Detroit; have excellent programs but do not produce year in and year out.
Sara Driesenga is a RHP for the Hudsonville Eagles. She is 6’1’. Her fastball is clocked at 65 MPH, her drop ball falls off the table, her rise ball jumps a foot and her change up can fool anyone. To some experts, pitching is not her best attribute. She can hit for average and power. In 2010, she hit .541 with 73 runs and 72 hits. She had 20 doubles, 6 triples and 14 HR. In 2011 she is on par to break several school hitting records.
Sara led the Eagles to Division 1 (highest division in Michigan) state championships in 2009 and 2010. The 2011 tournament starts next week (31MAY11) and H’ville is the favorite to win again.
Sara is an awesome student as well. She carries a 4.0 GPA. This is not too shabby considering she is never home on weekends to study because she is playing in tournaments from April 1 through August.
She has received numerous awards.
- In 2010 she was only 5 Juniors to be ranked in the ESPN Top 25.
- She was the 2009 and the 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year.
- She recently won the DAC Female Player of the Year.
- ESPN National Junior Softball Player in 2010
Tom Vruggink is the H’Ville coach, a position he has held for over 30 years. “I have never had anyone dominate a game like she can”, says Vruggink. He should know. He has put many ladies into Division 1 college schools.
Hutch has high expectations for her, “she can bat for herself, which is always nice”. And when she is not pitching, Hutch eluded that Sara might play 1stbase. Sara’s defensive skills are second to none, leading her team in fielding % when playing 1st base.
Sara plays her summer ball in Illinois for the Bandits. Most people here probably have never heard of the Bandits. Why? Because they dont play in Michigan. They travel all over the South and Southeast. The Bandits are an elite team with most players going to Top 10 Colleges. Sara is arguably the best player on the team.
I had the pleasure of watching Sara pitch as a Sophomore. The tournament we were at, she pitched the entire weekend and gave up only a few hits total. She is the real deal and something special.
Ok. Now that we can stop drooling, we need to discuss the potential downside. Sara had surgery on her left shoulder in 2009. It has not been a problem since her recovery. If she can stay healthy, she might, just might, break some school records. Our future is bright and Its Great to be A Michigan Wolverine. Especially in the next few years, as we will re-load.
So for those who are worried that JT is leaving, rest assured, Sara will ease your worried minds.