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TRACKING THE GRADS: Kiyohara playing softball for 13th-ranked Louisville

Thomas Jefferson grad Hannah Kiyohara is playing for the 13th-ranked Louisville Cardinals. Kiyohara was a first-team, All-Big East selection a year ago. - Courtesy photo
Thomas Jefferson grad Hannah Kiyohara is playing for the 13th-ranked Louisville Cardinals. Kiyohara was a first-team, All-Big East selection a year ago.
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Hannah Kiyohara and the University of Louisville softball team are rolling this season. The Thomas Jefferson High School graduate is playing her sophomore season for the Cardinals, who are unbeaten (24-0) and ranked 13th in the nation.

Kiyohara is currently hitting. 250 in 21 games this season with 10 runs, one double, one home run and 10 RBIs. She has started 19 games at shortstop, right field, second base and designated player.

Last year, Kiyohara was named first-team, All-Big East Conference becoming the first true freshman in Louisville history to receive that honor. She hit .331 in 49 games and scored 19 runs with two doubles and 22 RBIs. Kiyohara was also named to the Athletic Director's honor roll in the fall and spring and the Dean's List and Red & Black Scholar in the fall.

Kiyohara was the Mirror's All-City Player of the Year in 2009 and 2010 before signing with the Kentucky school.

Other district softball players in college:

Christi Bruin — The 2010 Jefferson grad is playing her sophomore season at New York University-Poly in Brooklyn, NY. The Blue Jays are currently 5-5 on the season after a weeklong trip to Florida. Bruin is a catcher and infielder. In a 3-2 win over the College of Wooster, Bruin hit a two-run, game-winning home run.

Sarah Petosa — The 2010 Todd Beamer graduate is playing her sophomore season at Seattle University. The outfielder has started all 17 of the Redhawks' games this season and is leading the team in hitting with a .351 batting average. She has scored six runs with a double, triple and six RBIs. Petosa has also stolen three bases for the 6-11 Redhawks.

Taylor Winton — The 2010 Todd Beamer grad is currently player her sophomore year at Marshall University in West Virginia. The catcher has played in 20 games this season, starting five. Winton is hitting .125 with one home run, six RBIs and a double for the Thundering Herd.

Marshall is currently 16-11 overall and 5-1 in Conference USA play.

Lindsey Bright — The Decatur graduate is playing her senior season at Fordham University in New York City. The Rams are currently 12-14 on the season and Bright is hitting .278 with six runs, one double and two RBIs. The speedy outfielder is leading the team with two stolen bases.

Bright Atlantic 10 Player of the Week on March 12 for a week that saw her go 9-for-9 at the plate and reach base safely in all 12 plate appearances.

Last year she started all 60 games and led the team with 13 steals. Bright was a three-time first-team, All-South Puget Sound League selection and four-time All-City selection in high school.

Erin Fujita — The 2009 Jefferson grad is playing outfield at Hawaii Pacific University. The junior is hitting .353 and has started 20 games this season. Fujita also has 11 runs, three doubles, one triple and nine RBIs. Hawaii Pacific is 17-5 on the season and ranked 22nd in NCAA Division II.

In high school, Fujita was a three-time, All-SPSL selection and earned second-team, All-State honors as a senior.

Allie Crowe — The Jefferson grad is playing her freshman year at Western Washington. The infielder has played in 14 games and is hitting .176 with three runs and one RBI. Crowe has started five games. Western is currently 3-15 on the season.

Erin Slater — The Decatur grad is playing her freshman season at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. The first baseman has started 10 of 11 games and is hitting .276 with two runs, one double and two RBIs. Macalester is 7-5 on the season.

Tracking the Grads appears periodically in the Mirror. If we missed someone, email sports@fedwaymirror.com.

 

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