State softball, Lincoln Pius X vs. Lincoln Southwest, 10/11/17

Lincoln Pius X batter Carlee Liesch connects for a RBI single in the seventh inning against Lincoln Southwest on Wednesday at the state softball tournament in Hastings.

FRANCIS GARDLER, JOURNAL STAR

Carlee Liesch and Abbie Vodicka batted one-two in the Lincoln Pius X softball lineup this past season.

The two seniors announced their college softball intentions in similar fashion.

On Monday, Liesch — the Thunderbolts' leadoff hitter — announced via Twitter her commitment to Nebraska-Kearney. Less than a day later, Vodicka announced she was going to play for the Lopers, too.

Liesch, a first-team Super-Stater, played a huge part in the Thunderbolts' run to a third-place finish at the Class A state softball tournament this year, batting .459 with 50 hits. She hit .591 during postseason play.

Liesch, who earned first-team Class A honors, also was one of the state's top defensive outfielders.

Vodicka earned Class A honorable-mention honors after batting .320 with 27 RBIs and 14 stolen bases. She also provided strong defense from her shortstop position.

Crete's Camry Moore will continue her softball career at Concordia next year. The first-team Super-Stater from Crete was a one-time Sioux Falls commit, but wanted to play closer to home.

Moore was named Class B all-state honorary captain after leading Crete to a state championship. She went 28-8 with an ERA around 1.00, while batting .487 with 52 runs scored and 39 RBIs.

Moore will join a Bulldog program that enjoyed one of the best seasons in school history last spring. Concordia went 34-14.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.

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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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