By Steve Peterson
Akron-Westfield High School senior softball player Dana Hedlund will continue her career at Northwestern College in Orange City starting in the 2014-2015 season.
Hedlund signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Northwestern Nov. 22 at Akron-Westfield Community School. On hand were her softball coach, Todd Colt and NWC’s head softball coach, Chris Nachtigall and her parents, Troy and Deb Hedlund.
“Dana will be a great asset to the NWC softball team on and off the field. She has a great work ethic both in the classroom and on the field. It will be fun to watch her compete at the next level,” said Colt.
Hedlund posted a 9-0 record for the Lady Westerners in the pitching circle last season when A-W won its fifth softball championship. Hedlund had 89 strikeouts in 71-and-two-thirds innings pitched, and opposing batters hit 0.143 against her. A-W had a 37-2 record in 2012-2013, winning the Class 1A title with a 5-4 win over New London.
At the plate, Hedlund was 49-of-129 at-bats with 33 Runs-Batted-Ins (RBIs), 13 walks, nine sacrifices, 15-of-18 stolen base attempts and hit 0.380.
“We’re very excited to have Dana come to Northwestern. We know when we get players from Akron-Westfield, they know how to play softball,” said Nachtigall.
NWC had a 26-22 record in 2012-2013. Recent A-W alumni to have played for the Red Raiders include Rachel Harris, Shelby Johnson and Jaclyn Smith who is in her first year at NWC.
Dana Hedlund also plays volleyball and basketball and is a member of the golf team at A-W. This year, she gets to play on the same varsity teams as younger sisters, Kortney, a junior, and Ann, a freshman. Dana Hedlund made the district golf tournament in 2012-2013.
In 2010-2011, Dana’s freshman year, the team had a 36-1 pitching record in a year when A-W beat North Sentral Kossuth 4-0 for the state Class 1A title; was 22-of-95 at-bats, with 11 walks, 7-of-8 stolen bases, 19 RBIs; hit 0.232 batting average, 0.318 on base percentage; and had 0.253 slugging percentage. Hedlund was 3-0 pitching record in seven appearances with 16 strikeouts and four walks.
In 2011-2012, the sophomore season for Hedlund, she was 10-0 pitching record; struck out 57 hitters with hitters batted 0.157 against her; at the plate she was 37-of-110 with four doubles, 27 RBIs, 13 walks, eight sacrifices, 11-of-11 stolen bases and had a 0.336 batting average.