The Ottumwa Courier

January 24, 2013

Vogt to play for Southwestern Community College

ANDY HEINTZ
Ottumwa Courier

OTTUMWA — Brittni Vogt, the No. 2 pitcher on last summer’s star-studded Ottumwa softball team, has signed a letter of intent to play for Southwestern Community College in Creston starting in the fall of 2013.

Vogt, along with Ashley Gibbs of Osceola and another Iowa player, signed to play for the Division II college at a ceremony at SWCC Jan. 15. Vogt’s mom, Tamy Doud; dad, Kevin Vogt; brother, Dalton Doud; and stepfather, Gary Doud all attended the signing. According to a SWCC press release, Vogt chose play for the Spartans largely because of the friendly atmosphere and smaller class sizes at SWCC.

Vogt excelled as the No. 2 option in Ottumwa’s pitching rotation her junior year, finishing the season with a impressive 14-3 record, which was good enough to earn her a spot on the All-CIML Metro Conference second team. During the regular season, Vogt boasted an ERA of 2.11; struck out 81 and only walked 18. Opposing hitters batted a meager .222 against her.

“Brittni had a really good comeback year, since she didn’t play the previous season,” Ottumwa softball coach Frank Huston said. “She had a very solid regular season campaign for us.”

Far from playing second fiddle to Ottumwa’s No. 1 pitcher Mandi Moore, Vogt’s consistently strong outings nicely complemented the Bulldog ace pitcher’s style — the dynamic duo posed a stiff challenge to opposing teams.

“Brittni’s strengths are her control and her ability to spot up the ball (being able to throw it where she wants to throw it,” Huston said.

Vogt and Moore’s prowess on the mound coupled with Ottumwa’s uber-talented hitters catapulted the Bulldogs to a sixth place finish at the Iowa Softball Class 5A State Tournament this. Vogt will continue to hone her skills on the mound in her senior campaign this summer.

The Spartans finished 43-21 overall and 16-12 in the Iowa Community College Conference in their spring 2012 season. Vogt will follow in the footsteps of another Bulldog pitcher.  Courtney Wagner, Ottumwa’s No. 1 pitcher two summers ago, was SWCC’s premier pitcher last spring. She finished in the league’s top five in ERA (2.70) and was eighth in strikeouts per game with 8.47. Wagner’s season was good enough to earn her second team all-region honors.