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Bohr signs with Lindenwood University

By Travis J. Brown, Journal Sports Editor | Nov 16, 2012
Photo by: Travis J. Brown Washington's Maddie Bohr signed a letter of intent on Wednesday morning to play softball at Lindenwood University. Her father, Mark, sits to her right, and her mother, Trish, sits to her left. In the back row, left to right, are Washington High School principal Erik Buchholz, Washington head softball coach Angie Shrader and Washington assistant softball coach Al Rebling.

After his team finished 16-32 in its first season at the NCAA Division II level this spring, Lindenwood University head softball coach Don Loberg set out to recruit players who he felt could help the Lions become more competitive.

And he felt that Washington’s Maddie Bohr, who signed a letter of intent on Wednesday morning to attend Lindenwood on a softball scholarship, was one of those players.

“She is such a such a sparkplug and a motivator on her select team that we said if she can bring that enthusiasm and ability to our team, we can and will be a championship team,” Loberg said of Bohr.

Bohr, a second baseman, has helped the Washington softball team have a lot of success the past few seasons, especially this summer, when the Demons won their first-ever conference championship and then took fourth place in Class 4A at the state softball tournament.

Bohr has earned all-state honors the past two seasons, and was a first team all-state selection this summer. She has also been a first team All-Southeast Conference selection the past three years, and was named the league’s Player of the Year this summer after batting a career-best .477 with six doubles, three triples, a home run and 56 runs scored.

The lefty slapper is one of the most prolific hitters in school history. She’s a .417 career hitter while batting mostly in the leadoff spot with 22 doubles, eight triples, one homer and 66 RBIs in four seasons. She’s stolen 82 bases in her career and scored 160 runs.

Loberg recruited Bohr to play in the infield for the Lions.

“We know she can play either short or second and we will be losing our senior third baseman after this [upcoming] season, so we are going to see what she can do at third,” Loberg said.

Bohr said she may also see time in the outfield.

“They want me to play second or shortstop, and potentially outfield,” she said. “They’re just looking at me because they want athletes on their team and they want me to play a bunch of different positions.”

Bohr, the daughter of Mark and Trish Bohr, chose Lindenwood, which is located in St. Charles, Mo., over Emporia State and Fort Hays State, both of which are in Kansas, as well as several junior colleges in Iowa.

“I’ve always, since I was little, wanted to play D-I, but once I started sitting down and considering the colleges that I liked, I realized that I wanted to have small class sizes and I don’t want to be in a ginormous town,” said Bohr, who plans to major in athletic training or sports medicine at Lindenwood. “That all leads up to a D-II school. Lindenwood was the best choice for me because it’s far enough away, but it’s not too far away that I can’t get help from my parents.”

Bohr also chose Lindenwood because she felt the school’s softball program was on the rise.

“I think it’s moving in the right direction,” she said. “They were just a D-II school for the first time last year, so they’re working to change. They came from being an NAIA school, so their program is changing for the better. I think their coaches are pretty fiery, and I think that the girls are ready to excel.”

Bohr is excited that she’ll get a chance to play softball, which is her favorite sport and something she’s been doing since she was 9 years old, at the collegiate level.

“It’s going to be a totally different experience than high school, and I think it’s just going to be the next step in my life,” she said.

Washington head softball coach Angie Shrader said she knows that the hard-working Bohr can be successful at the next level.

“[I think she can be] very successful,” Shrader said. “Just because she is a kid who loves the game, wants to work hard, and has done what she’s needed to do to put herself in this position. I think she can be successful at any level and will be able to contribute right away.”

But before Bohr begins helping the Lions, she has one more season playing for Shrader at Washington. And with all but one starter returning from last year’s successful squad, Bohr and the Demons have some big goals for the upcoming summer.

“My goals are obviously to go to state again,” Bohr said. “I think that one’s very attainable. I want to be conference champs again. And I have my own personal goals that will help the team get to our big goals.”

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