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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Isaacson earns awards, records in softball

 

June 18, 2013

Autumn Isaacson graduated from Lake Stevens High School in 2011 and since then has continued to carry on with the sport that she loves, softball.

“Softball is pretty important in my life,” Isaacson said. “I have spent several years working to be the best I can be. Practice, extra cuts, throwing with dad, batting cages, drills in the front yard have helped me to get this far in the game.”

Isaacson started playing softball before she started going to school and knew right off that she loved it. She credits her father with helping her to understand and love the game.

“I have been playing this sport since tee ball. My father is who got me into this sport because I saw him playing softball when I was younger. I would attend his games and be his little cheerleader. His dedication for the game really got me into softball,” she said. “My dad has been my number one fan! His dedication to the game has pushed me to be better! After games, he would give me little tips that would help me to get better. His inspiring words and helpfulness has really helped improve me!”

After playing for LSHS for four years, Isaacson moved on to Bellevue College where she started as their right fielder.

During her two years at Bellevue the team took two fourth place finishes with a new record of 83-12 for the 2012-2013 season.

While Isaacson was at LSHS she played shortstop, third base and center field, which earned her a four year letter and other wards including MVP for 2011, Most Improved Player for 2008 and Most Inspirational Player in 2009.

While attending Bellevue College she has earned the Adidas Golden Shoe Award, which is given to the League’s Stolen Base Leader. She was one of only 10 players throughout the nation to receive this award.

She has also been named NWAACC/NFCA All-American in both 2012 and 2013 and MVP in the North Region in 2013 and North Region First Team All-Star in 2012.

Her dad Chris writes, “Autumn has been the Lead Off Hitter during her two year career at Bellevue College. She is a Switch hitter but mostly a slapper when batting left handed.”

She has stolen 122 bases in the last two years only getting caught 13 times which makes her success rate 89 percent.

“Autumn has excellent leadership qualities and leads by example,” her dad said. “She is a fearless and an outstanding defender, diving for balls all over the field and catching most of them.”

Isaacson will graduate with her Associates Degree from Bellevue College on June 14. She has received a scholarship to play softball at Western Washington University where she is planning on getting her bachelors degree in either Sociology or Psychology.

“After college my softball career will be over. Unlike baseball there is only about four pro softball teams. So after college I plan to start my career in sociology,” Isaacson said.

 

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