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Akron Westfield’s Colt to Join Hall of Fame

Des Moines Iowa — Tana Colt of Akron-Westfield, Cedar Rapids Jefferson’s Tracy Langhurst, Nicole Fisher of BCLUW and Wayne’s Cassandra Darrah are the 2018 inductees into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Softball Hall of Fame. The 2018 induction ceremony will take place Thursday, July 19 before the start of the Class 1A championship game at 6:00 p.m. at Rogers Sports Complex in Fort Dodge.

Tana Colt is the first Akron-Westfield player to enter the hall of fame. The second baseman helped the Westerners to five state tournament appearances and was a key piece of the school’s first two state championship teams. Colt was named to three all-tournament teams and earned first team all-state three times. In 2006, she hit .586 with 59 hits and 21 stolen bases in earning elite all-state honors. She owns single season school records for batting average, hits and runs. Colt played three seasons at Briar Cliff. After earning second team Great Plains Athletic Conference honors her freshman and sophomore seasons, she hit a team best .431 as a junior, earning first team all GPAC honors.

Tracy Langhurst starred at Cedar Rapids Washington and Cedar Rapids Jefferson from 1979-1983. The pitcher compiled a 112-26 record and was a three-time all state selection. As a junior, she led the state in victories with 38, earning second team all-state. She earned first team all-state honors in 1983, posting an Iowa-best 44-4 record and an earned run average of 0.51 in helping the J-Hawks win the 1983 state championship. Langhurst pitched at the University of Iowa from 1984-1987. Her career ERA of 1.31 ranks eighth lowest in Hawkeye history.

Nicole Fisher and her hall of fame sister Jamie formed the best battery in Iowa softball from 2006-to-2010 at BCL-UW. Fisher, a catcher, batted .431 for her career while helping the Comets to state championships in 2009 and 2010. Fisher earned first team all-state honors three times.

Cassandra Darrah starred at Wayne of Corydon from 2007-to-2010. The power pitcher collected 94 victories, 48 shutouts and 15 career no-hitters. After earning Class 2A second team honors as a sophomore and junior, Darrah was named to the Class 2A first team in 2010 when she posted a 27-4 record with 385 strikeouts and an ERA of 0.34. Darrah enjoyed an outstanding career at Wisconsin, where she was the number one pitcher for the Badgers all four seasons.

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