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WMU Softball Inks a Trio of Michiganders for 2014

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 11/20/2012
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Erin Binkowski (pitcher), Ivy Schaaf (utility) and Marlee Wilson (infield/pitcher), all hailing from the state of Michigan, make up the WMU softball signing class for 2014.

Binkowski, a senior at Eaton Rapids High School and native of Eaton Rapids, Mich., is an all-area, all-district and all-region softball player that has posted a 33-7 mark in the circle.  She was the 2011 Lansing State Journal Player of the Year and holds records for hits in a season (69) and doubles in a season (19).

"Erin [Binkowski] swings a strong bat.  She brings a great deal of physical potential in the circle and that, coupled with strong defensive play, makes her a very solid addition to our program," commented WMU head softball coach Kathy Leitke.

Schaaf, a senior at Tawas Area High School and native of Tawas, Mich., native., is a right-handed versatile player in the words of Leitke.  She is a four-year starter on a team that won two Huron Shores Conference championship and three district championships during her career. 

Schaaf is a three-time first team all-district selection and two-time first team All-HSC selection.  She was the team MVP on a squad that went 31-5 in 2012, and also earned defensive MVP on a district championship basketball team.

"Aggressive would the the word I would use to best describe Ivy [Schaaf]," commented Leitke.  "She is a player that shows an amazing determination to succeed, and that is what we want our student-athletes in all facets of their WMU experience."

Wilson, a native of South Haven, Mich., senior at South Haven High School and former teammate of current Bronco Christina Pigozzi, will provide power from the left side of the plate when she puts on the Brown & Gold in 2014.

The three-sport athlete (golf, softball and swimming), had her scholastic career highlighted by an 18-0 perfect season that saw her team capture the Wolverine Conference Championship as a sophomore.

She is a three-time All-Wolverine Conference, all-district and all-region selection in softball and received honorable mention for all-state as a freshman and sophomore.  She was named all-state at first base last year.  Wilson has been named the Herald-Palladium and  Kalamazoo Gazette Player of the Week during her career and named to the Kalamazoo All-Area Team as a sophomore and junior.

"Marlee [Wilson] is very familiar with our program, which is an added bonus for a freshman coming onto the tam.  Another positive is she will reunite with a former teammate (Pigozzi), helping with chemistry entering the 2014 season," added Leitke.

Binkowski on why she chose WMU:

I chose Western Michigan University because I fell in love with the campus and loved the softball program.

Schaaf on why she chose WMU:

I chose Western Michigan University because I believe that it was the perfect choice for me.  It offers everything I have ever wanted in a college, academically and athletically. I believe that Western is my home away from home.

Wilson on why she chose WMU:

I chose WMU for my major, the location of Kalamazoo because it's near home and  the softball program.