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Carroll Announces First Softball Recruits

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Carroll College head softball coach Aaron Jackson announced Thursday, the signings of three incoming freshman student-athletes, Taylor Ostwald, Brittany Hogan and Mackenna Landis.

The three signings are the beginning of coach Jackson’s first signing class for the newly formed program that will play its first season this upcoming 2014-15 season.

“I am excited about this first group of Fighting Saints softball players. Each of them are prime examples of what we are looking for to build a solid foundation for Carroll College softball. They excel both in the classroom and on the field, but most of all they are great people and understand the importance of building an intentional culture," Jackson said.

Ostwald, a middle infielder from Billings West, played four years of varsity for coach Edward Kriskovich.

The senior right-handed hitter currently bats leadoff and holds a .434 batting average with eight home runs and 20 RBI this season.

During her career, Ostwald has been both an All-Conference and All-State selection. She was also selected by the Great Falls Tribune as a Super State Squad member and has been Academic All-State all four years, while maintaining a 3.87 GPA. She plans to study pre-med at Carroll.

"Taylor is one of the top players in the state, she was named super state as a junior and is having another great year. She can play both middle positions and swings the bat well. As good as Taylor is on the field she is equally as good in the classroom. This combination makes Taylor a great fit for Carroll Softball,” Jackson said.

Brittany Hogan of Capital High School in Helena has been a member of two Western Conference Championship teams and is currently hitting .241 for the Bruins as an outfielder and is a three-time letter winner.

Hogan has been on the honor roll all four years of high school and plans to major in education.

“Brittany is a player that has a great understanding of what Carroll College is about. She is a tremendous defensive outfielder with good speed. The thing I like the most about Brittany is willingness to work both on the field and in the classroom. I believe that Brittany's upside is huge and I am excited to have her in my program," Jackson said.

Landis, from Timberline High School in Boise, Idaho plays both first base and pitcher. Landis has earned All-Conference recognition and at the club level, her Boise Blast team won the Idaho State Tournament last season.

This season, Landis is hitting at a .435 clip and has accumulated 76 strikeouts in 100 innings pitched this season while sporting a 5.46 earned run average for Timberline. Landis intends to study communications while at Carroll.

"Mackenna fills two roles for us as she is a pitcher, but also plays a great first base. As a pitcher Mackenna will mix her pitches well and is a pitcher that the defense loves to play behind. Mackenna also is one of the best first basemen I have seen, she is fundamentally sound and swings the bat well,” Jackson said.

Carroll College announced the addition of women’s softball and men’s soccer in February and will begin play this upcoming calendar year in each sport.

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