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Two more Demons sign to play softball at Iowa Central Community College

By Travis J. Brown, Journal Sports Editor | Jan 19, 2012
Photo by: Travis J. Brown Washington's Mackenzie Adrian and Blair Farris signed letters of intent on Monday morning to play softball at Iowa Central Community College. Front row (left to right): Iowa Central Community College head softball coach Josh Sandin, Adrian, Farris and Iowa Central assistant coach Gregg Haden. Back row: Steve Adrian, Brenda Adrian, Washington head softball coach Angie Shrader, Erik Buchholz, Mark Bohr, Paula McConnell and Ed McConnell.

The Washington softball team is starting to seem like a farm team for Iowa Central Community College.

When Washington’s Mackenzie Adrian and Blair Farris signed letters of intent on Monday morning to play softball for the Tritons, it marked the third time in four years that Demons signed up to play at Iowa Central.

“We’ve got a history with Washington,” Iowa Central head softball coach Josh Sandin said. “Brittany Stout was here for two years, and Lucy Libe is finishing up her time here. So we’re going to go six straight years with Washington girls.”

But Adrian and Farris weren’t really following their former teammates to Iowa Central. They both chose the school because it felt like home.

“It felt really homey, I guess,” said Adrian, who selected Iowa Central over North Iowa Area Community College, Mount Mercy and Central College.

The two are also joining a very prestigious softball program. Iowa Central finished 45-13 last year, and was ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation. The Tritons also advanced to their third-straight Region XI championship game, falling just shy of a trip to the national tournament.

Sandin hopes that adding Adrian and Farris can help the Tritons continue that success.

Adrian, the daughter of Steven and Brenda Adrian, batted .432 last summer for the Demons and had a team-leading 23 stolen bases. She’s hit .423 for her career with 30 RBIs and 52 stolen bags.

“Mackenzie brings flat-out speed,” Sandin said. “And we’re a speed team. We stole 220 bases last year and 210 for each of the last three years.”

Washington head softball coach Angie Shrader said that Adrian is still improving as a slap-hitter as well.

“With her switching to the left side just a couple of years ago, she is still learning,” Shrader said. “She has been continually improving on the left side, and she’s going to be phenomenal.”

Farris, the daughter of Ed and Paula McConnell, batted a career-best .320 for the Demons last summer. She’s hit .294 in her career with 21 RBIs and 24 runs scored. She’s also played a number of positions in the infield for Shrader.

“Blair is a girl who loves to play the game,” Sandin said. “She can play multiple positions.”

Not only does Farris play multiple positions, but she also hopes to play multiple sports at Iowa Central. Farris, who is a member of the Washington bowling team, plans to join Iowa Central’s new bowling squad.

Adrian also plans to play two sports, and will swim for the Tritons. Adrian qualified for the state meet while swimming for Iowa City West, and has been a long-time member of the Washington Y’s swimming team.

But before the two girls begin their college careers, they have one season of Demon softball left. Farris has high hopes for her senior season.

“I really hope that we can go to state,” she said. “It’s senior year. We almost got there last year, and we can do it again.”

After the softball season, Adrian and Farris, like Stout and Libe before them, will head to Fort Dodge to play for the Tritons.

“We love Washington girls,” Sandin said. “They work hard and they’re always pushing to play.”

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