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Stacy, Weigold join Forester softball

SWING: Manchester’s Kiera Stacy swings through a pitch during a sectional game last season for the Squires.

BY JACOB RUDE - sports@h-ponline.com

Huntington University will add just two players this fall to the program, but both bring much pop to the Forester lineup.

Manchester’s Kiera Stacy and Columbia City’s Anna Wiegold both dazzled in their respective senior seasons.

Stacy hit an impressive .412 on the season in 25 games. Over the course of her career, Stacy finished with a .402 batting average in 85 games with her best single-season mark coming in her junior campaign when she hit .466.

The catcher and first basemen had 33 hits, 20 RBIs and 16 runs on the year one homer and 14 total extra-base hits.

Stacy struck out just five times compared to eight walks and walked 29 times to 24 strikeouts in her career. In her senior season, her on-base percentage finished at .478 while she slugged .625 for a 1.103 on-base plus slugging (OPS) percentage.

For her career, Stacy finished with a .469 on-base percentage, a .564 slugging percentage and a 1.034 OPS percentage.

In the field, Stacy committed just three errors in her senior season in 137 chances and a total of six errors in 491 career chances for a career fielding percentage of .988.

Weigold, meanwhile, was nearly as impressive at the plate. The pitcher and first base men hit .380 on the season with 27 hits, 17 RBIs and 13 runs in 91 plate appearances. For her career, Weigold hit .359 with 34 career walks to 33 strikeouts.

As a senior, Weigold finished with a .488 on-base percentage, a .450 slugging percentage and a .939 OPS percentage, all numbers higher than her career averages as the senior had a breakout year in her final campaign.

In the field, Weigold finished with a .989 fielding percentage and committed two of her four career errors in her senior season.

Weigold also flourished in the center circle, finishing with a 2.94 ERA in 85.2 innings, striking out 60 while walking just 10 and finishing with an 8-4 mark in 22 appearances.

In the spring, Huntington University finished 24-26 on the year with a 17-19 Crossroads League mark. The Foresters graduated just one senior in Audra Klopfenstein and will have only two seniors this upcoming season.