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Vanessa Bohuslavsky

Vanessa Bohuslavsky signs her letter on intent to play softball at Morningside College. Back row are left to right, Jessica Sitzmann, head coach at Morningside College, Paul Gahan head coach at Aquinas. Front row, father Jeff Bohuslavsky, Vanessa and mother Dawn Bohuslavsky . 

Vanessa Bohuslavsky of the Aquinas softball team has taken the next step in her softball career signing to play with Morningside College located in Sioux City, Iowa.

Aquinas finished 22-10 during the season, and finished the season with a loss to Raymond Central in the district playoffs.

During 2018, Morningside went 29-13 losing to Doane University in the GPAC Tournament in May.

Bohuslavsky had an impressive high school career. As a senior, she compiled a batting average of .484 with 46 hits, 34 RBIs, five home runs and scored 48 runs. As a pitcher, she went 19-4.

Bohuslavsky's head coach at Aquinas, Paul Gahan, and her new head coach at Morningside, Jessica Sitzmann, were both in attendance at the signing ceremony. Also there were her parents Dawn and Jeff Bohuslavsky, and many of her friends and teammates.

Gahan pointed to some of the skills Bohuslavsky possess that made her a successful player at high school and a good prospect at the college level. 

"Vanessa is just a talented and skilled softball player, but she's much more than that," he said. "She's a good leader, she's a good person, comes from a good family and she'll definitely be an asset to the Morningside softball program."

During her time at Aquinas, she was a force on offense, setting school records along the way.

"She's got a lot of skills and leadership qualities," Gahan said. "She's an excellent hitter. She hit just under .500 this season and had five home runs. She set multiple school records here, there's no doubt in my mind she'll be an asset to the Morningside softball program."

On top of all these qualities, it was how Bohuslavsky interacted with her teammates that caught the eye of Sitzmann.

"The thing that I loved about her, when I went and watched them play, is that she's a team player,” she said. "That's really what we're looking for as far as the next level and being able to work with a group of people. I just loved how hard she worked on the field and things like that, that she could add to our program."

Sitzmann said she believes that if Bohuslavsky works hard, she's likely to have an immediate impact.

"She's someone that definitely works hard, and it's how hard you work," she said. "If she comes in and works hard all possibilities are there."

Bohuslavsky mentioned how she was excited during the ceremony and for the opportunity to play college softball at Morningside.

The work Sitzmann has done building the team at Morningside is one of the key reasons she committed to playing for the Mustangs.

"I went to one of their games back in September and Coach Sitzmann has a really good culture built," Bohuslavsky said. "It's a very successful program, and the campus just feels at home. It's a really good program."

Bohuslavsky said she isn't only thrilled to get to play softball at the collegiate level, but the whole college experience.

"The transition to college level will be different, but I'm excited for it, and for going to all my classes and meeting new people," she said. "I think it will be a lot of fun."

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net

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