Softball: New Trier’s Brigit Ieuter: Player of the Year
New Trier's Brigit Ieuter (3) pitches against Fremd during their softball game on March 22. | Dan Luedert~Sun-Times Media
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Updated: July 29, 2012 6:14AM
Most people consider Brigit Ieuter a pitcher first.
In softball, that’s a fair assessment, seeing as the player in the circle gets most of the attention.
A recent New Trier graduate, Ieuter did everything to stay in focused on the most important position in the sport.
As a junior, she pitched the Trevians (31-6) to the state tournament. This past spring, she led them back to the supersectionals. She posted an ERA of 0.36, striking out 163 batters and issuing just 30 walks. In 155 1/3 innings pitched, she allowed 69 hits, and no-hit Glenbrook South.
Ieuter will play at Colgate in college, but she hopes to do more than pitch.
“I like to play other positions,” she said. “Growing up, I played them all, except catcher.”
In addition to pitching, Ieuter considers herself a candidate to play outfield, as well as first base and third base in college.
Any two-year, two-sport varsity athlete at New Trier should not be second-guessed.
Ieuter won 41 games and batted better than .300 as both a junior and senior. She hit .358 this spring.
New Trier finished fourth in the state in 2011 and won another sectional final this year.
“Even though we ended our season earlier than we wanted, I was satisfied with how we played and improved as a team,” Ieuter said. “We had a much tougher schedule this season, and we showed how much talent we had.
“We still made it far in the playoffs.”
This summer, Ieuter is playing with Trevians travel team, a club comprised of players from around the North Shore.
“It’s good preparation (for college),” she said. “Summer is a good time to personally improve your game because you’re not so much worried about your record.
“I want to sharpen all of my skills because I hope to have an impact when I get to college.”
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