Kirstie Ickes, the All-State catcher for the Southwest Lady Trojans softball team, has signed a letter of intent to play collegiately at Crowder College in Neosho.
"Coach Lori Videmschek knew who she was and liked what she saw," said Southwest's Tony Eagleburger. "She thought Kirstie had a lot of tools. Kirstie looked really good at the exposure camp in Warrensburg, and that really convinced Crowder that she could play at the college level."
Ickes, known on the softball circuit as "Cricket," rolled through dominating seasons in both her junior and senior years. Whether it was hitting home runs, stealing bases or throwing out opposing runners, she seemed to come up with big plays when her team needed them the most.
"That night she stole six bases against Monett was an eye-opener," said Eagleburger. "It's not like she was picking on some poor freshman catcher on a Class 1 team. She is a tremendous athlete, she's still learning catching skills. She could play several positions in college, and with the right program could be a superstar at second base."
Ickes got some serious looks from other programs, but selected Crowder because the Lady 'Riders program offered the best total package and educational experience.
Coach Videmschek said of Ickes: "Kirstie is a solid defensive catcher. She has an excellent arm and does a great job receiving the ball."
Videmschek said she was looking at Ickes to play second base, catcher and outfield.
"What I mostly like about Kirstie is her ability to hit the ball to both sides of the field, and for her size, she hits the ball with a lot of power," Videmschek said. "I feel with her work ethic and passion for the game, she will step in and do a great job for us next year."
Ickes is just one of 12 signees for the Crowder program so far. She joins Amber Taylor, of Carthage, Shelby Stuck and Morgan Coleman, of Webb City, Jessica Neely, of Nevada, Shelby Moore, of Odessa, Samantha Meador, of McDonald County, Shauntell Jewett, of Joplin, Brooke Hulsey, of Neosho, Hannah Harmon, of Walnut Grove, Kala Crisp, of Farmington, and Kaitlyn Christopher, of Wright City,
Kirstie is the daughter of Daryl and Shelly Ickes, of Washburn.