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Julie Katz signs with IWCC softball

Louisville senior Julie Katz signed a letter of intent Tuesday afternoon with Iowa Western Community College’s softball program. Front row, Debbie Katz, Julie Katz and Brian Katz; second row, Iowa Western head softball coach Ben Greer, Cass County Central co-head coach Molly Stieren, Cass County Central co-head coach Kim Hammer, Iowa Western assistant softball coach Aubrey Voboril and Millard Fury coach Ann Naidas.

LOUISVILLE – Julie Katz used her athleticism and work ethic to carve her image on the Mount Rushmore of Cass County Central pitchers.

She will look to achieve similar monumental achievements at Iowa Western Community College next year.

Katz signed a letter of intent Tuesday afternoon to join the IWCC softball program. The Louisville senior said she was excited about the opportunity to continue hurling fastballs, riseballs and changeups on the diamond.

“I saw it as a place that would allow me to go further in my career,” Katz said. “I think it will push me and give me a chance to work on improving everything I do with softball. I’m very happy with my decision to go to Iowa Western.”

Katz ended her Cass County Central career this past season as the program’s all-time strikeout leader with 652. She pocketed 35 victories and tossed 571 innings during her four years with the varsity team.

Katz anchored the Crush in the pitching circle throughout 2017. She threw all 198 1/3 innings for the team and collected a 16-15 mark. She faced 856 batters and delivered 3,063 pitches over the course of the campaign. The All-East Central Nebraska Conference player said she enjoyed shouldering the responsibility of making quality pitches in every game.

“I really like pitching because I can block other things out and focus on getting that next batter out,” Katz said. “It’s fun to be challenged like that.”

Katz also helped the Crush in multiple other categories in her senior season. She batted .308, collected a .369 on-base percentage and registered 28 hits, 13 runs batted in, six walks and three home runs. She produced a .935 fielding percentage and made 63 assists and 24 putouts on defense.

Katz is a member of Louisville’s National Honor Society and has earned multiple local, conference and state academic awards. She has also participated in basketball, dance team, one-act play and trapshooting during her time at LHS.

Katz is planning to major in either psychology or child, life and family services at Iowa Western. She said she would like to care for youth cancer patients in her career.

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