Gjerde to play softball at Iowa Lakes
ESTHERVILLE -- Iowa Lakes Community College head softball coach Katie Larson announced Monday the signing of Carson Gjerde to the 2016-2017 recruiting class. She is the daughter of Eric and Sonya Gjerde and played for the Estherville Lincoln Central Midgets.
"Carson comes from a very high-caliber high school program in Iowa. Playing for a high school coach that expected hard work and determination every day will allow Carson to be successful in college." Larson said.
Gjerde has pitched and played outfield at the varsity level for three years now. Throughout her career, she was named second team all-conference her freshman year, first team all-conference her sophomore year and unanimous first team all-conference and third team all-state her junior year. Gjerde helped lead her team to two consecutive state tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013 with a fourth place finish in 2012.
In her career, Gjerde has posted a .349 batting average with 98 hits; including 17 doubles, eight triples and two homers. She has batted in 43 runs, while crossing the plate 82 times herself. She has also swiped 43 bases in three seasons. In the circle, Gjerde is 21-16 with a 2.10 ERA and has struck out 123 batters.
Gjerde has been a three-time letter winner in basketball and track. She has also showed great dedication in the classroom as she has been on the honor roll every semester.
"Although we are excited that Carson can pitch, we are very excited to put her in the outfield and let her do her thing." Larson commented. "Carson has great instincts in the outfield and is not afraid to go get the ball. Her speed will not only help her track down balls in the outfield but will make her a hard out on the bases as well. We are thrilled that Carson decided to be a Laker next year and cannot wait to watch her grow as a student-athlete next year."