Alanna Beyer has been playing softball since she was 5 years old.
Her softball career will continue at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, as she signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 12, to play for the Phoenix.
“I want to say thank you to my coaches, teammates, and family members,” said Beyer to a room full of teachers, coaches, classmates and family members who were on hand to witness the letter signing. “I couldn’t do this without you.
“I am especially thankful for Coach (Tony) Porath and Coach (Laura) Turner,” said Beyer, referring to her coaches at New London High School. “I also want to thank Coach Mike Roberts and Coach Chuck Verbeten, who have guided the Junior Phoenix tournament team that I’ve been on for the past four years.”
Beyer, who is the daughter of Al and Terri Beyer, first stepped on the diamond to play tee-ball about 12 years ago, and she fell in love with the game. She’s been playing ever since, and has put together an outstanding high school career.
Beyer’s varsity career began when she was just a freshman, as she was named starting shortstop for the Lady Bulldogs in the 2012 season. She stayed at shortstop for her sophomore year and moved to second base during her junior year. She expects to play second base when the softball practice begins on March 16, 2015.
In 2014, Beyer earned All-State Second Team honors as an infielder, All-District First Team as an infielder, and All-Bay Conference First Team as an infielder. She was unanimously selected as the team’s most valuable player and was named Team Co-Defensive Player of the year while also serving as a team captain. She posted a .941 fielding percentage last year and boasts a .459 batting average.
Beyer helped the Bulldog varsity softball team earn a WIAA Division 2 Championship in 2013, and the team finished as the runner-up in Division 2 last year.
“I hope we can go to state again this year, but we really just want to have a strong season,” she said.
“Alanna Beyer is a tremendous asset to our program. Her skills were vital to our WIAA Division II State Championship in 2013 and our State Runner-up titles,” said Co-Head Coach Laura Turner. “Her consistency makes her a dependable teammate while her knowledge earns her the accolade of team captain.
“My greatest joy is having witnessed her development both as an athlete and intellectual from early on to now,” added Turner. “As a student, Alanna is reflective, insightful, and driven to her meet her own elevated expectations. We are all very proud of her!”
“Alanna has been a huge part of our success the last three years. She is willing to play whatever position necessary to help the team be successful. She played short stop as a sophomore and moved to second when Payton Mix moved to New London,” said Co-Head Coach Tony Porath. “Alanna swings the bat very well and she can hit for average and power. She really understands the game and helps her team mates get better in practice and in games. She will be a nice addition to UWGB.”
“Alanna epitomizes a Bulldog athlete. She is dedicated first and foremost in the classroom,” added Activities Director Brian Yerkey. “She has achieved high honors six times and continues to excel in the classroom. Alanna has also competed at a high level in volleyball earning honorable mention All-Conference this year. The Bulldog family is very proud to have been able to witness and be a part of Alanna receiving an athletic scholarship to the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. We wish Alanna luck in the upcoming High School softball season and continued success on the diamond at UWGB.”
Beyer said her success can be attributed to the outstanding youth softball programs that New London has to offer.
“We have an awesome softball program in New London,” said Beyer. “From the youth leagues all the way through high school, there are so many contributors. It’s a great place to be.”
Looking forward to college, Beyer said she is excited to meet her new teammates.
“It’s going to be great to have another softball family at UWGB,” said Beyer. “I look forward to meeting the team, and I’m very excited to become a collegiate athlete. One of the girls from my tournament team has also signed with UWGB, so I’m excited to room with her and play alongside her.”
Beyer offered some advice to younger players who aspire to duplicate her success in high school and continue their careers in college.
“Go to softball camps. Apply yourself to the sport as much as possible,” said Beyer. “Do as much as you can to get better year-round.”