Bianca Vasovski (Farmington Hills/Harrison) and Emily "Alex" Wittman (St. Joseph) have both signed with the Ferris State University softball team in an announcement made by head coach Keri Becker.
Both Vasovski (pronounced va-sov-ski) and Wittman will start their collegiate careers in the fall of 2010. The two join pitchers Amy Dunleavy (Canton) and Cara DeLange (Plainfield, Ill.) to presently comprise the 2010 Bulldog softball recruiting class.
"I'm pleased again with another standout recruiting class," said Becker, who will embark on her 13th season at Ferris State in the spring of 2010 and holds the distinction of being the program's all-time leader in victories. "We needed to go find pitching, outfield and a utility player. We did just that with four outstanding people. Both Bianca and Alex bring a great deal of athleticism to the middle infield and outfield, respectively. They along with Amy and Cara will help us maintain the great competitive tradition of Ferris State Softball."
Vasovski, a shortstop-utility player, is both a two-time (2008 and 2009) all-league and team Most Valuable Player Award recipient at Farmington (Mich.) Harrison High School. She earned all-area and the squad's Defensive Player of the Year honor as a junior in 2009 for head coach Kristen Zabalavicus' team after batting for a .372 average with 39 base hits in 105 at bats. The 5-7 Vasovski recorded 17 doubles, two triples and home runs each to go with 16 RBIs, 20 runs scored, seven stolen bases, and a .462 on-base percentage. She also totaled 115 putouts and 10 assists for an .897 fielding percentage. Vasovski was recognized as the 2007 team's "Jackie of All Trades" Award winner.
Vasovski, who's also a four-year letterwinner in girl's basketball, is involved in the school's Link Crew and Interact Club.
Bianca, the daughter of Goran and Valentina Vasovski of Farmington Hills, Mich., will graduate in 2010 and plans to study music industry management at Ferris State.
"Bianca flew under the radar of most coaches this summer and we are happy to have a spectacular player like her," said Becker. "She can play most anywhere on the field and can put the ball out of reach. She's not only tenacious and gutsy defensively, but will swing a strong bat somewhere in the line up for us next year."
Wittman has achieved All-Big 16 Conference honors the last three (2007-09) seasons at St. Joseph (Mich.) High School all as a three-year starter for head coach Jeff Luckritz's team. In her 2008 junior year, the outfielder posted a .320 batting average after hitting .388 to go with a .543 slugging percentage and a .437 on-base percentage as a sophomore en route to achieving all-district accolades. The 5-6 Wittman batted for a .285 average as a freshman in the 2007 campaign.
Wittman has been a member of the Great Lakes Lightning Club Team the past three summers under coach Tony Hamann. She's a member of both the school's Spanish and Key Clubs while serving as a senior mentor along with being the sports editor of her high school newspaper.
The daughter of Michael and Susan Wittman of St. Joseph, Mich., Alex will graduate in 2010. Her father played basketball at the University of Miami (Fla.) and garnered Most Valuable Player honors one season.
"Alex brings a solid balance of consistent offense, speed and game sense to our outfield crew," Becker said. "She covers a lot of ground in the outfield and I watched her all summer be one of the toughest outs for her opponents."
Ferris State compiled a 35-10 overall in the 2009 season and has won at least 30 games in a season nine times in the program's history. The Bulldogs, who made their seventh NCAA Division II Tournament appearance last spring, wrapped up the campaign with a 22nd-place national ranking in the National Fastpitch Coaches Association's (NFCA) poll.