Stephanie Kiesel signed a National Letter of Intent to play softball for Providence College next season.
Stephanie plays first base for Ramona High School’s Lady Bulldogs. She is a senior with a 4.2 grade point average in advanced placement, honors and college preparatory courses. She plans on majoring in biology at Providence with an eye toward a pre-med major.
Stephanie has been on the Lady Bulldog’s varsity softball team since her freshman season. She has played softball since she was 5 years old.
“My dad asked me if I wanted to try T-ball and I thought that it was fun and I have been playing ever since,” said Stephanie.
Stephanie plays softball the year-round. She has been to the Nationals several times playing in National tournaments in such places as Johnson City, Tenn., Moline Ill. and Sioux Falls, S.D.
She plays on the Firecrackers Gold Team when she is not playing for the Lady Dawgs. Her dad Steve has coached Stephanie much of her playing career.
“Stephanie is dedicated to softball,” said Coach Mike Schuler, who has more alums playing college athletics than any other sport at Ramona High School. “She is a hard worker and works the year-round. She is an excellent student. She is truly a student athlete.
“She has a passion for the sport that is truly amazing. I couldn’t be happier for her. Providence is getting a quality individual.”
Providence College is in Rhode Island and is a member of the Big Eight Conference in softball. The Friars had a 25-25-2 record last season. They make an annual trip to California playing in tournaments in Northern California and in Riverside.
Stephanie will have a long trip to the Providence campus, but she is used to traveling long distances to play softball.