IRRIGON — Bailey Botefuhr put her future plans in order Wednesday, signing a letter of intent to play softball for Mt. Hood Community College.
The Irrigon senior, who earned first-team all-league honors the past two seasons as an infielder, said she felt at home with the Saints.
“I’ve had friends that have been there and told me about their experiences,” Botefuhr said. “I got in contact with their coach (Brittany Hendrickson), I went for a camp, then she invited me back for an official practice and campus tour. That’s when I realized their coach and players were a good fit for me.”
Botefuhr, who plays first base for the Knights, hit .400 last season with five home runs, and struck out four times in 90 at-bats.
“She gets it,” said Irrigon coach Jeff Botefuhr, who also is Bailey’s dad. “She works hard and she loves it, that is stuff you can’t coach. She reads the ball well — she is a tough out, for sure.”
The Knights were 7-5 in Special District 2 play last year, and were 10-14 overall. They went to state Botefuhr’s freshman year (2017), and have played in the district tournament every year.
Botefuhr also plays summer ball for Menace Fastpitch U-18, which is based in the Tri-Cities. She plays second base for the team.
“They decided they wanted to see me at second,” Botefuhr said. “There is more ground to cover — that is fun. I like the diversity of the plays there.”
The Menace, which plays about 70 games during the summer, placed third or better in all of their tournaments this past summer.
Botefuhr, who has her eye on the exercise science program at Mt. Hood, has a 4.0 GPA. She will have her tuition, housing and books covered at Mt. Hood.
Under Hendrickson, the Saints have been to the NWAC Championship Tournament the past three seasons. They went 33-7 against NWAC teams last year, and had eight players receive all-league recognition.