After two very successful years playing softball in Bottineau, former Glasgow High School standout Brittne Wersal will be transferring to Black Hills State University in South Dakota to finish her career. The hard-hitting catcher received a $500 scholarship from the school and will be looking to help the Yellow Jackets in their first year playing an NCAA Division II schedule.
“I'm excited she's here,” BHSU head coach Amy Gurney said. “She'll fit in with the team well, with the style of kids we have here and their personalities.”
Wersal, who will continue her studies to be a chiropractor in Spearfish, credits Glasgow head coach Mark Falcon with helping her get ready for her tryout for the Jackets. Falcon ran her through hitting and fielding drills for about a month before her trip to BHSU.
“He's helped me the whole time, ever since I graduated high school,” Wersal said. “When I came home from breaks he would work with me, even if it was just in open gym.”
The Jackets are deep at the catcher position this season, an asset with a 40-game conference schedule. However, the coaching staff liked what Wersal brings to the plate and plans on moving her to the infield part-time to keep her bat in the lineup.
“We'll definitely have her work some at catcher, but I'd also like to see her play some second as well for us,” Gurney said. “She has a nice strong bat and to keep her bat in the lineup we'll have to find a place for her.”
Though her defense is raw, especially in the infield, Gurney said Wersal is athletic enough to improve as the season goes along.
“Defensively she'll come along,” Gurney said. “As far as hitting-wise, she does the things that we teach here and I think she'll definitely be able to contribute for us.”
Back home, her high school coach will be rooting her on.
“She's worked really hard,” Falcon said. “She really loves softball. It's one of those sports that's hard to give up.”