Wayne State College head softball coach Shelli Manson has announced three high school student athletes have signed national letters of intent during the NCAA early signing period to attend Wayne State College and play softball for the Wildcats in the 2020-21 academic year. They are Katie Humburg of Phoenix, Arizona, Abby Husing from Omaha and Mary Krystofiak of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
“I am very excited to welcome these student-athletes to our Wayne State softball family,” said Coach Manson. “This class brings a great combination of speed, power, athleticism and versatility to the diamond. All three are versatile players which will continue to strengthen our program and add substantial depth. They are not only hard working on the field, but in the classroom as well. We are anxious for them to arrive in Wayne and make an immediate impact.”
Katie Humburg is a 5-7 third baseman/utility player from Chaparral High School in Arizona where she is a three year starter entering her senior season. As a junior last season, she posted a .326 average with six homers, 10 doubles and 25 RBI with 22 runs scored to earn All-Region honorable mention. Humburg collected Second Team All-Region honors as a sophomore while helping her team to a fifth place finish in the Arizona Class 6A State Tournament. She also excels in the classroom earning Sports 360AZ All-Academic Softball Team honors.
“Katie is a hitter,” remarked Manson. “She is a tough out at the plate, can hit to all fields and hit for power. She’s a versatile player with a strong arm and will be a great addition to our infield or outfield. Katie has passion for the game and plays for a very competitive travel ball team and playing against some of the best teams across the country will ease her transition to the collegiate level.”
Abby Husing (hue – sing) is a 5-2 second baseman/utility player from Springfield Platteview High School where she was a four-year starter in softball. This season she hit .554 with 36 hits, 39 runs scored and 25 stolen bases to earn First Team All-Nebraska Capitol Conference honors while also receiving Class B All-State honorable mention. Husing closed her high school career with a .461 batting average, 110 runs scored and 42 walks. She also played on the USA 18-under Class A State Champion team Prime Time last summer. Husing also ran a leg on the Nebraska Gold Medal Class B 400-meter relay team last spring as a junior.
“Abby will provide depth to our lineup,” commented Manson. “She is a speedy lefty-slapper with a lot of upside and will add a lot of speed to the team and play many positions for us. Abby is a competitive player who has the potential to be a triple threat at the plate and cause havoc on the bases.”
Mary Krystofiak (chris – toff – ee – ack) is a 5-10 first baseman/infielder from Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School in Iowa where she has started three years in high school. Last summer she earned All-Mississippi Valley Conference First Team honors hitting .349 with two homers, 25 RBI and 29 hits on a team that was 37-4 overall and qualified for the Iowa Class 5A State Tournament with a #3 ranking in the state. Krystofiak’s club team average last summer was .402.
“Mary is a competitor and an asset on both sides of the ball,” boasted Manson. “She is a smart, strong hitter and a great defender that can play many positions. Mary comes from a very successful high school team that has competed for state titles and a competitive travel team. This combination of elite play will help her be an immediate contributor to our team.”
Wayne State College is an NCAA Division II school located in Wayne, Nebraska and competes in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.