Vittetoe leaves basketball team to join AIB's softball team
DES MOINES — After spending the basketball season suffering through an injury to the scapula in her right shoulder, Lauren Vittetoe of Washington has decided to leave the AIB women’s basketball team.
And join the school’s softball team.
Vittetoe signed a National Letter of Intent on Tuesday to become a member of the AIB softball program, which will begin its inaugural season later this year.
“The [basketball] season was too long for me with the scapula injury,” said Vittetoe, who played in 21 games for the Eagles this season, averaging 2.7 points while playing 11.3 minutes per game. “I sat out from October until the middle of November resting it until I started doing stuff again. That was the main reason why I decided to switch. I would probably have to sit out another couple of months next season to rest it in order to even play. It’s a repetitive motion thing with basketball, and I’ve done physical therapy for a long time trying to get it better.”
Vittetoe, the daughter of Don and Alicia Vittetoe, may have gone to AIB to play basketball, but she’s no stranger to the softball diamond. She was a five-year varsity letter winner as a first baseman for the Washington High School softball team. She was a .347 hitter with seven home runs, 64 doubles and 144 RBIs in her five-year high school career.
This past summer Vittetoe was the only senior on Washington’s roster, leading the Demons to a 32-10 record and a fourth-place finish in Class 4A at the state softball tournament. She earned a spot on the all-tournament team as well as first team all-Southeast Conference and second team all-state honors after hitting .407 with four home runs and setting single-season school records in doubles (18) and RBIs (54).
“Signing Lauren is great for AIB softball,” head coach Kim Wright Jones said. “Not only is she a successful student, but she’s also a talented softball player. Lauren played softball for an outstanding high school program and was a power hitter for her team. She has a passion for the game and a ‘hate-to-lose’ mentality. She will be a fun player to watch.”
Vittetoe, a business administration major who will have three years of eligibility remaining, is looking forward to getting back onto the diamond.
“I missed playing softball,” she said. “The new coach kept telling me during basketball season how she wanted me to play for her. I’m very excited to be back on the field. I couldn’t think of a better way to end my senior year with softball, and that makes me just that much more excited to get back to playing.”