Small to pitch for ICCC

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Spencer softball pitcher Bre Small, flanked by parents Jennifer and Tracy Small, signed her letter of intent to pitch for the Iowa Central Community College Tritons next year. Behind Small are (left to right) ICCC head softball coach Rick Sandquist, Spencer head softball coach Tara Hauschen and ICCC assistant softball coach Bo Tjebben. (Photo by Nate Shaughnessy)

Spencer High School senior and starting softball pitcher Bre Small struggled holding back emotions during her collegiate signing Wednesday at the school.

“I’m going to Iowa Central next fall for early childhood education,” a choked up Small said. “I’m going to play softball for these two. They’ve been so nice to me. I’ve wanted to go since last year.”

“These two” are Iowa Central Community College head softball coach Rick Sandquist and assistant softball coach Bo Tjebben, and they are more than ready to have Small on campus in Fort Dodge.

“As you can tell from Bre already with her emotion, she’s a good kid first of all,” Sandquist said. “I think the sky is the limit for her. I think she’s going to really improve. She’s got some talent, but I think when she gets to college and gets that everyday coach with her, I think she’s going to take off.”

Small is mostly looking forward to the camaraderie with Triton teammates.

“I’m looking for a team, and the good community (that comes with it),” Small said.

Small’s character stood out to the Triton coaches.

“We like to have good kids, and you can tell she’s a good kid,” Sandquist said. “I think what she brings to the table is passion. Talking to her the last few months, I think she’s passionate about playing, and I think she wants to get better. We’re excited to have her.”

“With her work ethic, and that talent that she has, we expect big things from her — absolutely,” Tjebben added.

Small started 22 games for the Tigers last season, finishing with a 5-16 record. She had 58 strikeouts to 35 walks while holding opposing batters to a .284 average.

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