Lessman signs to South Dakota softball team

Lessman signs to South Dakota softball team Carrie Lessman of Sioux City, IA, has signed a national letter of intent to attend The University of South Dakota and participate in the softball program, according to an announcement today by head coach Kim Zarling.

Lessman was a standout at Sioux City East High School where she was named to the fourth team all-state squad, first-team all-Missouri River Conference and all-district during her junior season. Also that year, Omaha World Herald named her all-west Iowa, and the Sioux City Journal named her all-metro Athlete of the Week special mention, as she was also the team Defensive Player of the Year. As a sophomore, she was named honorable mention all-state. Lessman batted .311 last year with nine doubles, three triples and one homerun. A 5' 6" centerfielder for the Raiders, Lessman also played catcher and first base.

She had 13 stolen bases and a .414 on-base percentage, and a .946 fielding percentage defensively.

"Carrie is a strong, determined hitter and has great fielding skills that can help us defensively. She is also a team player and has good leadership qualities. Those are things we like to see most in our student-athletes," said seventh-year head coach Zarling.

Lessman was a team captain for the Down & Dirty squad during club play. The daughter of Randy and Susan Lessman, Lessman will enroll in the pre-physical therapy program and is a member of the Spanish Honor Society.

Last fall, Katie King of Omaha, NE, signed a national letter. King has started at shortstop for four years at Skutt Catholic High School, leading them to a 21-11 record and fourth place finish in Class B. King led the team in on-base percentage, walks, runs scored and stolen bases.

She was named all-metro (Omaha) and to the all-state second team. In club play, King starred with the Omaha Sizzle Blue, playing second base and outfield. The Sizzle Blue has qualified for the national tournament each of the last six years.

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