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Firebird to Royal

05 /23/2014

Article by Harry Lipsiea, Devils Lake Journal published May 21, 2014 

While Devils Lake standout softball player Maddie Eriksson is a senior, area fans will still have a chance to watch her play next spring. The outfielder has signed a letter of intent to play softball at Lake Region State College for the 2014-2015 campaign.

After a successful high school career in a Firebird jersey, she is now excited to begin the transition to the collegiate game. As the senior season went on, Eriksson felt compelled to keep playing softball.

"I didn't want my career to be done," she said. "It's really exciting to be able to keep playing. I like the sport a lot."

A source of inspiration for the Devils Lake three-sport athlete to join the Lake Region State College program was watching the Royals play at home during their inaugural season. While watching the team, Eriksson admired how the players enjoyed the game of softball.

"It looked like a lot of fun watching them play. The players seemed like they were having so much fun out," the All-Region player stated. "They are great players and I think they will be a fun team to play with."

Royal head softball coach Kory Boehmer is excited about the latest signing to the program. He feels that Eriksson has all the tools to be a successful player at the next level.

"I am just really looking forward to Maddie playing at the collegiate level," the first-year head coach at Lake Region State College commented. "She has all the tools to be successful and focusing on one sport will help Maddie make that leap to the college level. I think she will be a great fit for the program."

Boehmer feels that Eriksson is a strong all-around player with many strengths on the field.

"She has very good softball instincts," the coach stated. "Defensively, she plays well in the outfield and has a very nice first step. Maddie also can swing the bat very well."

In addition to playing softball, the Devils Lake senior is also excited about being part of the Lake Region State College campus. 

"I have had a class at LRSC and I really liked it," Eriksson said. "The people are really nice and it seems like they have a lot of fun activities on campus. I'm looking forward to going to school here."

Another plus to choosing Lake Region State College for the student athlete is staying close to home. Boehmer is also very excited that the local player committed to being part of the Royal program. Having quality local players on the roster is a goal for the college softball coach. 

"It's always nice to keep local talent in the Lake Region," he stated. "We are enthusiastic about having her in the program."

Eriksson added, "I'm just really excited to be part of the college and the team."