#SummitSB Weekly Notebook: No. 1

#SummitSB Weekly Notebook: No. 1

By: Kelly Shipp

Weekly Notebook 1

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The 2019 Summit League softball season will officially get underway on Friday with all seven league members in action in different tournaments across the country.

Around The League

• Five-time defending Summit League Tournament Champion North Dakota State was picked by the league's seven head coaches as the preseason favorite
• South Dakota State, who finished second in the regular season last year, was picked to finish there again this year. Western Illinois, South Dakota, Omaha, North Dakota and Purdue Fort Wayne round out the preseason poll
• The University of North Dakota will be making its Summit League debut this season. In 2018, the Fighting Hawks posted a 26-27 overall record with a 10-8 record in the Big Sky. UND faced off against two Summit League squads last year, Purdue Fort Wayne and South Dakota State, and posted a 2-1 record
• South Dakota State's Julia Andersen enters the 2019 season as the league's top returning hitter. Last season, she posted the fourth best batting average at .397
• A season ago, North Dakota State posted the top team ERA of 2.41. League leader Jacquelyn Sertic graduated but the Bison return K.K. Leddy, who owned the league's second-best ERA. Last season, Leddy posted a 3.19 ERA in 22 appearances. She compiled a 7-8 record with 92 strikeouts in 114 innings of work

Where's Your Squad

North Dakota // Feb. 8-10 // 5 games

       Marucci Desert Classic // Las Vegas, Nev.

North Dakota State // Feb. 8-10 // 5 games

       Texas State Bobcat Classic // San Marcos, Texas

Omaha // Feb. 8-10 // 5 games

       The Scrap Yard Tournament // Conroe, Texas

Purdue Fort Wayne // Feb. 8-10 // 5 games

       Total Control Sports Invite // Rosemont, Ill.

South Dakota // Feb. 8-10 // 5 games

       Charleston Southern Tournament // Charleston, S.C.

South Dakota State // Feb. 8-10 // 5 games

       UNI Dome Classic // Cedar Falls, Iowa

Western Illinois // Feb. 8-10 // 5 games

       Total Control Sports Invite // Rosemont, Ill.


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